Thunder Lake Wildlife Area is a 3,000-acre property located in northeast Oneida County, one mile north of the village of Three Lakes. It consists of 50% open peat wetland (poor fen) and 50% forested tamarack/black spruce wetland with the 120-acre Rice Lake and 1.3 miles of shoreline on 1,800-acre Thunder Lake. The whole property is open for hunting except for the waterfowl closed area around Rice Lake. A wide variety of wetland wildlife use the property including mallards, blue-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, great blue herons, sandhill cranes, Canada geese and numerous species of wetland songbirds. Three rare species, the Nelson sharp-tailed sparrow, merlin and the yellow rail nest on the property. Common mammals include white-tailed deer, beaver and muskrats.