Monarchs Fill Reserve Skies
Our monarchs have made it past the critical winter storm period. In March they will start to migrate north.
As Temperatures Rise - Butterflies Take to the Skies!
One Marsh, Three Centers
Horicon Marsh has three visitor centers, one federal, one state and one non-profit.
Three Centers and Friends
Refuge National Map
Check out details of Refuges across the United States. Set the zoom for detail.
National Refuge System
Expansion of the Green Bay NWR
The Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge adds another 1290 acres with the additions of St. Martin Island and Rocky Island.
Location / Hours
Refuge public use areas are open year-round - daylight hours.
Visitor Center Hours:
Jan-Mar & Dec:
Monday-Friday 9a.m.- 4p.m. + 1 Sat/month
2016: Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 19, Dec 3
Apr-Nov: (Peak visitor season)
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (+ Sun. in Oct.)
2016: Open July 4, Labor and Columbus Days
(*Closed all other federal holidays and
noon closure on Christmas and New Years Eves*)
About the Complex
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is part of a Complex that includes Fox River, Green Bay and Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuges as well as Leopold Wetland Management District.
Horicon is managed as part of the Horicon Leopold Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Public Programs / Education
Events at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, and marsh-wideEvents on Refuge and Marsh
This beautiful display graciously donated by local educator and raptor rehabilitator, showcases the many different species of hawks and owls found in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting open house events in three communities before the development of updated or new hunt plans for Horicon, Fox River and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges.
All three refuges currently have comprehensive conservation plans (CCP’s) completed which identify goals, objectives, and broad strategies for refuge management which includes the hunt programs. However, staff would like to consider any additional public input before starting the environmental assessment process necessary to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the further development of more detailed draft hunt plans for these refuges. Open house events will be held on:
Friday, February 12, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Washington Island Community Center Gymnasium
910 Main Road. Washington Island, WI
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:30-4 p.m.
Liberty Grove Town Hall
11161 Old Stage Road, Sister Bay WI 54234
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville WI
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Buffalo Town Hall
W3205 County Road O
Montello, WI 53949
The purpose of these open houses is to offer the public the opportunity to provide input regarding hunting activities on several refuges managed under the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge / Leopold Wetland Management District Complex. Please note that the waterfowl production areas within the Leopold Wetland Management District will not be included in this planning phase.
To review current conservation plans for each of these refuges visit:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/Horicon/index.html (Horicon and Fox River NWR’s) and http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/GreatLakesIslands/index.html (Green Bay NWR).
If you are unable to attend an open house and would like to submit written comments for one or all of these refuges, comment forms may be obtained at the Horicon Refuge office, (open Monday through Friday from 9-4), or online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/horicon/ Please mail the comment forms to Steve Lenz, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050 or email the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25, 2016.
If you have any questions concerning the planning process please contact Steve Lenz, Project Leader - Horicon NWR/Leopold WMD at 920-387-2658 ext.111.
Hunt Plan Scoping Meeting Comment Form
Originally established for this species, the Refuge supports the largest nesting population of redhead ducks east of the Mississippi River. Thousands use the marsh each year.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2016