Hiking, Biking, and Auto Tour Routes
The Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. It comprises over 33,000 acres and is managed by the DNR and the US Fish and Wildlife service. The marsh offers opportunities for visitors to bike, hike and drive to view birds and other wildlife.
Download the Horicon Marsh Trail Map
Photos: Thomas O’Malley
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. Located in southeast Wisconsin, this vast wetland is only one hour drive from Milwaukee and Madison. While this marsh is renowned for its migrant flocks of Canada geese, it is also home to more than 305 kinds of birds which have been sighted over the years.
Horicon Marsh Boat Tours
Please note: Horicon Marsh Boats Tours is currently for sale and no boat tours are being offered at this time.
For the past 50 years, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours has been helping you experience one of America’s great natural treasures. Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher, an inquisitive nature enthusiast or just someone who’s curious about the Horicon Marsh, you need to take a pontoon boat tour. You’ll be led by the Horicon Marsh’s most knowledgeable guide, who will reveal to you the marsh’s birds, wildlife and significant ecological features. For those who want a more solitary marsh experience, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours rents canoes and kayaks. Since 1963, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours has been a family-owned business noted for our commitment to the environment and dedication to protecting the marsh. We are Wisconsin Travel Green certified. Tours are offered from May 1 through late October. Call and reserve your space on the boat today and enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck as well as to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through many wildlife dependent recreational activities such as wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting.
Marsh Haven Nature Center
Marsh Haven Nature Center is located at the north end of the famous Horicon Marsh, just 3.5 miles east of Waupun, Wisconsin on Highway 49. Our non-profit, all-volunteer, community supported center features displays and exhibits that help depict the history and wildlife of Horicon Marsh.