HORICON MARSH WILDLIFE AREA
National Ice Age Reserve Unit
Horicon, Wisconsin, nestles in the hills of a natural
wonderland. It is the southern gateway to the magnificent Horicon
Marsh. Flowing out of the marsh, the Rock River winds through the
center of town on its way to the Mississippi River. The people welcome
visitors. They are eager to share their historic past, their vigorous
present and hopes for the future. Every member of the family will
find a favorite activity. The 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh is a legacy of
the Ice Age. It began as a lake gouged out by glaciers pushing their
way southward. Today it's a refuge for wildlife, a part of the National
Ice Age Reserve Unit. Lush grasslands and miles of waterways shelter waterfowl
and songbirds, muskrats, fish, deer, fox and a variety of upland game.
It is probably best-known as a rest stop for over 200,000
migrating Canada geese every spring and fall.
Hunting and fishing are the finest.
In a boat or canoe, you can study wildlife.
Four-mile Island is a protected area for nesting herons
and egrets that quiet observers will find facinating.
The Horicon Marsh has been a wildlife refuge since
1943. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns and manages the northern
two-thirds, above the main dike. The southern one-third is owned by Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources and is under their jurisdiction. These
agencies monitor the wildlife and make decisions necessary for continued
breeding, nesting and life of the marsh.
The Seasons at Horicon Marsh
More of Horicon Marsh Wildlife Treasures
One of Wisconsin's Globally Important Bird Areas
Information and pictures on this page were taken from an informative pamphlet by:
Horicon Chamber of Commerce
This page designed and maintained by: Joanne Doxtater