• Mexico Monarchs AnnMarie Krmpotich/USFWS

    Get Ready for the Monarch Migration

    The butterflies are getting restless. Mating is underway and the spring migration will begin this month.

    Report Your Milkweed, Monarch, Egg, and Caterpillar Sightings

  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    Horicon Marsh Visitor Centers

    Horicon Marsh has three visitor centers, one federal, one state and one non-profit.

    Three Centers and Friends

  • water bug scooping

    Sense of Wonder Discovery Trail

    Check out the progress of our new visitor center trail and nature play area!

  • Dave Stokes

    Earth Day Celebration

    Live frogs and turtles with Dave Stokes at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Family activities throughout the day.

Public Use Information

Roads, Trails, & Recreation Facility Updates

The auto tour is now open to vehicles. Main Dike Rd. opens annually to vehicles by the second weekend of May. Old Marsh Road is open for hiking and bicycling June through August. *Weather, maintenance, and management practices (pumping water, prescribed fire) may lead to periodic closures of facilities as needed. Please check website, facebook and or call for updates before your planned visit.

Birding Information

Spring migration is underway! Species to look for include: Canada geese, mallards, coots, pintails, redheads, green-winged teal, wood ducks, wigeon, American white pelicans, bufflehead, blue-winged teal, gadwall, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, tundra swans, red-winged blackbirds, scaup, gulls, shovelers, and more. Best viewing areas around the refuge currently include Hwy 49 and county roads surrounding the marsh.

Waterbird Survey - Horicon NWR

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Open for 2018 Spring Turkey Seasons

Horicon refuge will be open for turkey hunting for the state-wide seasons April 18-May 29, and youth hunt April 14-15, 2018. For questions, call 920-387-2658 ext 120.

Horicon NWR Spring Turkey Hunt 2018
Location / Hours

Location & Hours

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center W4279 Headquarters Rd. Mayville, WI 53050. Phone: 920-387-2658 Refuge public use areas are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitor Center - Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. April-November: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (plus Sundays in October). Open July 4,Labor Day and Columbus Day. (Closed all other federal holidays). The visitor center will be open one Saturday per month during the winter months: Jan 13, Feb 10, and Mar 3, 2018. Coot's Corner Bookstore, located within the refuge visitor center is owned and operated by the non-profit Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11am-3pm. For more information, please email fohnwr@yahoo.com.

Plan Your Visit

About the Complex

Horicon Leopold Complex

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Horicon Leopold Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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