Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U. S., and has been named a Wetland of International Importance by the United Nations. It’s often referred to as the “Everglades of the North”.
The geologic features of the area, created by our last Ice Age, have provided ridiculously rich resources for plants, animals, and humans. There’s a boatload of stuff to learn about the history of the Marsh and the wildlife it supports – so much that you have to be here to believe it. For example, approximately 300 species of birds have been sighted at Horicon Marsh over the years. And on a spring day, it is not unusual to find up to 100 species of birds, and quite a few exotic-looking birders, as well.
Be sure to visit the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center to get started. The Wildlife Education Program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management. You can also learn about the cool events and activities that are going on, like weekly nature walks, seasonal adventures, and opportunities for biking, paddling, cross-country skiing and much more.