Duck Egg County Forest is a 707 acre county owned, nature based recreation property located approximately 9 miles west of Viroqua on Irish Ridge Road. The Duck Egg property is bisected by a large, deep valley formed by the Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River. In the center of the valley is a very large flood control dam structure that was completed in 1990. The dam protects many acres of property and several roads and bridges downstream from the effects of flash flooding, a common occurrence in Vernon County.
Duck Egg County Forest is open to public fishing and hunting per State of Wisconsin fishing and hunting regulations and seasons. Duck Egg is fantastic for hiking and horseback riding, with 10 miles of maintained multi-use trail. Hiking and horseback riding is allowed on the entire trail system, however, mountain biking is not allowed at Duck Egg. ATV's, dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles are not allowed on the property under any circumstances.
The primary land use at Duck Egg is woodland. The forest is managed for long-term timber management by Vernon County’s Forester, Matt Hansen. There are also a few areas being managed for native prairie establishment and maintenance, including a 25 acre area on the ridge and two areas in the valley bottom. The Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River is a great trout stream. The length of river (about 1.5 miles) downstream of the dam has been improved for trout habitat by the Wisconsin DNR fisheries crew. Upstream of the dam is not improved, but still provides for some excellent trout fishing opportunities.