Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit

The 292-acre Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit is a public hunting area located just west of Middleton along US Highway 14.  There are two small parking areas that provide walk-in access to the lands north and south of USH 14.  Wetlands along Black Earth Creek and crop fields are the primary land cover south of the highway and steep wooded hills and crop lands lie to the north. This area offers the potential for excellent deer and turkey hunting.

For more information on hunting and trapping in Dane County Wildlife Areas, please visit our Hunting webpage.

Special hunting regulations:

  • Sec. 9-2-1 of Town of Middleton ordinance prohibits hunting or shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling.
  • Firearms are limited to shotguns and muzzleloaders.
  • Trapping was prohibited on this property by Dane County Board Action.  These lands are not required by the State to be open to hunting or trapping.


Wildlife Viewing


Google Maps are provided for reference. Trails, park boundaries, parking lots and other features on this map may not be up-to-date. Please check the official maps for up-to-date information.



Master Plans

Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit Master Plan
Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area Project Plan