The 128-acre Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area is a public hunting area located immediately north of Indian Lake County Park on STH 19. Land cover is a mix of crop fields and steep wooded hillsides. Deer and turkey hunting, foraging, hiking, snowshoeing and photography are the primary recreation opportunities. A prominent historical/cultural feature of the property is the former Matz Farmstead stone ruins that were built in 1907 and burned down in 1949.
For more information on hunting and trapping on Dane County Wildlife Areas, please visit the Parks Hunting webpage.
The Matz Farmstead
This wildlife area was first homesteaded in 1852 and contains the stone remnants of the Matz family farmhouse. The Matz family raised oxen, cropped hay, and grew produce such as corn and potatoes on the land. The house was built of local stone about ten years later when Friedrich returned from his service in the Civil War. Unfortunately the house burned down in 1949. Dane County Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area, which features the Matz farmstead, officially opened to the public in 2012.
More information can be found on the interpretive panel located at the site.