Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

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Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
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AndrewFromMadison
Madison, WI2,699 contributions
Upper part of the Marsh
Sep. 2020
For most people the entire Horicon is one big marsh, without much difference. This particular part, in the northern half of the marsh, is bisected by Highway 49 from Waupun going East, which has some nice observation spots along it and also has a car circle tour off of the highway. Marsh Haven nature center is also in this upper part, as well as national Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (as opposed to Horicon Ice Age Explorium in the the lower, State of Wisconsin part of the Marsh).
Written February 16, 2021
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crutt13
Pottstown, PA553 contributions
Great Escape from the Cities
Jul. 2019 • Family
We visited the refuge on a day when the visitor center was closed. You can still access the main refuge and all side roads. This is basically in the middle of nowhere, but it is a relaxing, peaceful place to get away.

Buy the visitor center is a nice, level, gravel path to walk. The fields of wildflowers go as far as the eyes can see. We were the only ones there so we could sit, listen to the wind rustle the grass, view birds and butterflies without obstruction, in their natural environment. There is a large marsh area with a boardwalk leading out into it. There are places to sit and enjoy watching the turtles, frogs and birds.

Bring your sunscreen and bug spray. It's a wonderful place to visit and to get away from it all.
Written September 27, 2019
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B C
Chicago, IL117 contributions
Try the Dead End Roads which run along the low water lands. Ledger Rd. & Grand Dike Rd.
Jun. 2019 • Friends
We enjoy the views from the busy Hwy 49 pull offs. Yes, pull off on the shoulder of the Highway. There is extra room to do so.
The drive through tour was closed for some reason. Maybe due to flooding the roads with all the rain.
We enjoyed the dead end roads of Ledger along the low water lands, lots of grebes, ducks and various birds.
Also, Grand Dike I believe or Something Dike road. Nice along the low water ponds , Black Terns were amazing.
Very nice gravel roads. This is our second visit here, we will be back.
Like any NWR , its a wildlife refuge, hit or miss with the wildlife. There to me more of a destination vs. a tourist attraction.
Written June 21, 2019
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Renae W
Union Grove, WI27 contributions
Nice stop
May 2019 • Couples
Nice nature center , nice nature walk ,overlooks Marsh ,many trails near by to explore. The workers were very friendly and quick to point out nearby places of interest.
Written May 19, 2019
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photoguywisconsin
Oshkosh, WI951 contributions
Really not much of a Tourist attraction (most of the year)
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Sure if you hit it exactly right for a week or two in the fall or spring you can see a good number of (probably ) Canadian Geese. Mostly though you will see limited numbers of wildlife. During our very typical, recent visit we saw some birds, but really nothing different than I might see at number of nearby city or county parks. I truly value the Horicon Wildlife Refuge and the work being done there, but it's not a place that I would typically recommend people travel long distances to visit.
Written April 8, 2019
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Andrew M
Burnett, WI152 contributions
love it here
Nov. 2018 • Couples
This is a great year round place to go. Granted, you're not going to see a lot for wildlife in the dead of winter, but the place is always well kept, usually isn't too busy, and in the summer months the wildlife is abundant. They have a variety of trails for cars, bikes, walking, or whatever your mode of transportation may be. My friend is a quadriplegic and he says it's even easy for him to navigate his wheel chair there.Best of all, it doesn't cost you anything!
Written January 29, 2019
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Stevencoles
Carrabelle, FL238 contributions
Get up early, do the AUTO TOUR
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Just a couple miles East of Waupun you’ll find the entrance to the Marsh Auto tour on the SOUTH side of Hwy49. You can drive the 3 mile tour or there are a bunch of hiking trails in the area. If you drive, make sure you stop at the Floating Boardwalk and take a stroll out ...you’ll get up close and personal to the marsh. Also don’t overlook the numerous displays along the road, they provide interesting information and are located at good photo op spots, also provide a place to park on this one lane, one way narrow road so you can take pictures. You’ll want a telephoto lens for sure.
Written August 12, 2018
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Joe V
Middleton, WI44 contributions
Exceptional immersion experience into the natural world
Jul. 2018 • Couples
The Horicon Marsh is a national and natural treasure. The area we visited included a driving tour, the cleverly named "Ternpike", a floating boardwalk, and hiking trails.

The refuge at the very northern end of the marsh along the Ternpike is handicapped accessible - even the boardwalk - which will immerse adults and children alike in a natural world of subtle beauty. Though a managed environment the marsh is a stunning example of how, when maintained properly, diversity and a healthy environment can be attained, giving one the serene sense of "controlled wildness".

Horicon Marsh shows how the thoughtful interaction of humans and nature can be beneficial to both.
Written August 2, 2018
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fancypants2014
Chicago, IL506 contributions
driving and walking trails
Aug. 2017 • Couples
There are several trails to walk here. Keep in mind mostly in the sun so wear sunscreen. hat, and bug spray. We stopped at the visiters center. The elderly gentleman at the desk was very knowledgeable and helpful. There is a trail to drive and several trails to walk. Mostly praire with some marsh
Written July 22, 2018
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sassynesswithasmile
Atlanta, GA460 contributions
Peaceful hike down a beautiful floating boardwalk overlooking marsh, auto tour.. no fees, a must visit! :)
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Enjoyed strolling down the floating boardwalk with our dog through the Horicon Marsh at the Wildlife Refuge and observing the wildlife from the floating lookout pavilion. We drove the 3 mile auto tour which is a loop where you can view various species of birds, beavers and other marsh wildlife. You can also walk or bike the loop. It is so beautiful and peaceful and it's free to visit. I will def visit again.. and maybe take my bike and watch the sun rise over the marsh. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars. :)
Written June 30, 2018
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