For Visitors

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

Horicon Marsh Trail Map


Tourism Information


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

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.

Lodging Options

Rock River Retreat

Welcome to a place of beauty, adventure, and memories…

Rock River Retreat is located on the Rock River in the rural countryside of Dodge County; home to the treasured landscape of the Horicon Marsh.
For a day or a week of bliss, a gala celebration, or a truly unforgettable event, Rock River Retreat is the perfect venue. Whether you are seeking an oasis for relaxation, or a magical place to entertain, our experienced staff will personalize every request. Please join us for your time of connecting, discovery, and surprise. Rock River Retreat awaits your arrival.

W4943 County Rd S
Horicon, WI 53032

Iron Ridge Inn

Join us in Iron Ridge to “Wine and Dine” or “Rest and Recline”
Our family owned motel will make you feel right at home with homemade quilts on the walls and country décor. We feature an indoor pool and whirlpool, private whirlpool suites and a kitchenette room completely furnished with private deck. A complimentary breakfast is served daily and you will never miss those important emails with our free hi-speed wireless internet connection. Refrigerators are provided in every room for your convenience and microwaves in the hallway are only steps away. There are several restaurants that border our parking lot including the Iron Ridge Inn famous for their Prime Rib Buffets. You will find plenty to do with the Horicon Marsh and several golf courses all within 10 miles.