About the Refuge

About the Station cranes

Fox River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1,054 acres of wetland and upland habitat along the Fox River in Marquette County, Wisconsin. The majority of the refuge was acquired in 1979 for the purpose of protecting the area to provide habitat for the greater sandhill crane.

The refuge is closed to the public with the exception of licensed deer hunters during designated time periods of the deer archery and gun seasons.

From Portage, take Highway 33 east to County Highway F north; from Montello, take Highway 22 south to County Highway F south. The refuge is located on the west side of County Highway F, across from John Muir County Park.

Fox River National Wildlife Refuge  is managed as part of a complex that also includes Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, 22,000 acres near Mayville, WI; Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1,620 acres; Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuge, 27 acres, located in Lake Michigan near Washington Island, WI; and Leopold Wetland Management District, 57 waterfowl production areas, totaling 13,000 acres, located in 17 counties throughout Wisconsin. A total of twenty-two staff work to manage wildlife, habitat, and recreational opportunities on these areas within the complex.

Fox River NWR Staff

  Complex Project Leader   Bill_Peterson@fws.gov     920-387-2658 x111

  Deputy Project Leader     David_Bolin@fws.gov     920-387-2658 x120

  Wildlife Biologist            Sadie_Odell@fws.gov     920-387-2658 x114


 Federal Wildlife Officer    Adrian_Potwin@fws.gov    920-948-2579 (cell) or 1-844-NWR-TIPS (1-844-697-8477)



The office/visitor center is located on the east side of Horicon Marsh, 3.5 miles south of State Highway 49 on County Road Z.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (Office/Visitor Center)
W4279 Headquarters Road
Mayville, WI 53050
Phone: 920-387-2658
1-800-947-3529 (V/TTY)

Email: foxriver@fws.gov