WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HORICON MARSH?
What? Horicon Marsh is the largest fresh water cattail marsh in the United States. It is over 32,000 acres. We have biking, hiking and auto tours available for use in and around the marsh. If you love the outdoors, wildlife, are a bird watcher or just a nature lover, you will enjoy coming to watch over 300 species of birds and migrating geese to congregate on their travels north and south. The most opportune time for viewing the geese is late spring and late fall.
Where? Horicon Marsh is located in Dodge County, Wisconsin, at N7725 Highway 28 between the quaint towns of Horicon and Mayville. It is within an hour's drive of both Madison and Milwaukee or a 2 ½ hour drive from the Chicago area.
When? Anytime. Year round. You really don't need an appointment. If you want to see the inside of the new education center, you should come from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. (We only close on major holidays.) Winter weekend hours December through March 1-4pm.
Things to do! Watch "The Horicon Marsh Story" and learn about the history of Horicon Marsh, the wildlife and how we manage the Marsh. Check out the children's Discover Area where hands on activities are fun for all ages! Enjoy our lecture series held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Presenters speak on a variety of topics like bats, black bear, geocaching and creating a bird friendly garden. The education center has artwork displays that are changed about every two months. Wisconsin artists are featured. Weekends through the fall there are programs that are free and open to the public. The education center is also open for special events such as free Saturday night Movies on the Marsh for family viewing. There's lots to see in Center. Come in and see what there is to see. Check out our special events calendar for updates for events and hours.
Outside on Horicon Marsh you can hike on several trails around the marsh and see the osprey platform, ducks, geese and maybe even a muskrat or otter swimming by. Canoe or kayak the 6.5 mile canoe route through the state portion of Horicon Marsh and absorb the peacefulness of the interior of the Marsh or rent a kayak or canoe in town. You can also go on a pontoon boat ride and tour the marsh. Search for local and rare birds. Over 300 different species of birds have been identified at Horicon Marsh. Participate in the naturalist programs to learn about the geology, wildlife and management of Horicon Marsh. In the winter, keep your eyes peeled during a peaceful snowshoe or cross-country ski trek on Horicon Marsh. Take note of what drama the night before contained as you track animals such as coyotes, otter, mice and muskrats. Go bicycling or take an auto tour around the marsh and see and experience natural beauty and serenity. Go geocaching on the marsh.
Why? Because there are so many things to do, any time of the year, and a supportive crew of volunteers and staff who are eager to help you enjoy it. You can stay for a couple of hours or a couple of days. There are beautiful bed & breakfasts, hotels as well as campgrounds in the area.
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