Connecting People and Wildlife

 

The Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center is located on the south side of Horicon Marsh on Hwy 28 between Horicon and Mayville. Open daily, center hours are: weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends 10:00 am to 5:00pm year-round (with the exception of major holidays.)

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RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for a variety of recreational opportunities for all seasons, Horicon Marsh is your destination.

  • Wildlife observation
  • Photography
  • Hiking trails including 1400 ft. boardwalk
  • Geocaching
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Educational programs
  • Guided tours
  • Bicycling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • In season waterfowl, deer and upland game hunting

EDUCATION & VISITOR CENTER 

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is open daily. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic areas around the center. Be sure to stop inside and view the Horicon Marsh Story in the auditorium. Check out the new interactive exhibits and Children's Discovery Area. Looking for memorabilia from your trip to Horicon Marsh, stop in The Flyway Gift Shop.  Our friendly volunteers and DNR staff are here to help with brochures, maps, and questions you may have during your visit. Access to restrooms and a drinking fountain are available daily from 6 am to 7 pm.  

HORICON MARSH EXPLORIUM

Located in the lower level of the Education and Visitor Center, visitors to the Explorium will get a glimpse of life at Horicon Marsh thousands of years before European settlement and witness how the current wetland came to be. The experience is narrated by a Clovis point arrowhead, that keeps visitors company throughout the journey as they view, listen to, touch, and even smell exhibits that document the changes to the marsh over time. Videos and interactive displays greet guests at every turn, encouraging audiences of any age to learn more about the history and ecology of Horicon Marsh. There is an admission charge for these exhibits, check out the Explorium page for more information.

ADDITIONAL VISITOR INFORMATION

  • There is no entry fee to the Education & Visitor Center; there is a fee for the Explorium.
  • The State Wildlife Area is open during daylight hours only.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and cleaned up after.
  • All areas of State Wildlife Area are open to the public.
  • There are two photo/bird blinds on the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area.
  • Check out these items available for visitor use at the Friends Visitor Services Desk: binoculars, field guides, snowshoes (when there is enough snow). Plus nature themed backpacks (Insects, Birds, Nature Art, Nature, Pond & Stream, Tracking) to check out for your walk out on the marsh. You may check out any of these items at the Friends Visitor Services Desk, there is no fee but donations are always welcome – all we ask is to return them before the center closes that day!
  • Sorry but the following are not permitted on the refuge: ATV's and snowmobiles; collection of plants, berries, seeds, mushrooms, antlers or other artifacts; fireworks; camping; campfires; overnight parking. 
  • There are two other visitor centers located at Horicon Marsh in addition to the Education and Visitor Center: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Highway Z and Marsh Haven Nature Center (private non-profit) on Highway 49.
  • Lodging, camping, dining and other local recreation and events information may be found at Dodge County Tourism
  • Canoe and kayak rental for use on the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area as well as guided boat tour information may be found at Horicon Marsh Boat Tours. This business is located in the city of Horicon. 

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Want to see maps and points of interest for your visit – check out our page