Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Looking for places to hunt, bird watch, photograph wildlife, see rare native prairie plants or just enjoy the outdoors? Well, when you buy a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (a.k.a. "Duck Stamp"), 98 percent of your $25 purchase goes toward ensuring that all Americans can do just that.

Your Federal Duck Stamp dollars go toward creating Waterfowl Production Areas, often called WPAs. These lands are either acquired as public land, or protected through perpetual easement, as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. 

All Waterfowl Production Areas provide habitat for a vast variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland birds, plants, insects and wildlife. They also help reduce erosion, clean and protect groundwater and reduce flooding.  Waterfowl Production Areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also provide ample opportunities for public access and wildlife-dependent recreation such as hunting, wildlife watching, and photography.   

Directions, Address and Contact Info

The District office is located west of Portage, Wisconsin via State Highway 33, then south 2 miles on Cascade Mountain Road.    

Office Hours - open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. year-round (with the exception of federal holidays). 

Driving Directions: 

The District manages almost 13,000 acres of waterfowl production areas (WPAs) in 17 southeastern Wisconsin counties. 

*See Maps Section for more information. 

W10040 Cascade Mountain Road
Portage, WI 53901
Voice: 608-742-7100
Leopold fax: 608-745-0866 
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)



Points of Interest

Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area (Columbia County - Wyocena) - Priem Rd. .9 miles east of the junction with Highway 22. Gravel parking lot and information kiosk with paved hiking trail (.5 mile one way) to an observation deck with two spotting scopes.

Becker Waterfowl Production Area (Columbia County - Pardeeville) - Highway 22 .6 miles south of the junction with Highway 33. Gravel parking lot and information kiosk with mowed hiking trail (1.5 mile loop).

Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area (Winnebago County - Waukau) - County Highway M 1.5 miles south of the junction with Highway 91 or 5 miles north of the junction with Highway 44. Gravel parking lot, information kiosk and more than 9 miles of mowed paths along a system of dikes through the marsh. 

Swan Pond Waterfowl Production Area (Dane County - Madison) - County Highway D (Fish Hatchery Rd.), south for 5 miles and east 1 mile on County Highway M. Hosts a paved section of the 3 mile Oregon Rotary Bike Trail. Gravel parking area.

Muir Waterfowl Production Area (Marquette County - Montello) - County Highway F. Parking lot and interpretive signs/cultural history information.

 *See Maps Section for more information. 


Know Before You Go  

Recreational Opportunities

Waterfowl Production Areas are open to wildlife-dependent recreation including hunting (deer, upland game and waterfowl), fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, interpretation, berry and mushroom and nut picking (for personal use only), hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing. 


Other Visitor Information

When planning a trip to the District, it is important to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, hat, sunscreen and anything else that will make your outdoor experience more enjoyable. In addition: 
  • No entry fees
  • Public use is prohibited from dusk to dawn, except for hunting in accordance with state laws
  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed
  • Visitors are welcome to hike throughout the areas and are not required to stay on established roads and trails 
  • Please note that restrooms are not available on the areas

 NOT PERMITTED: Motorized vehicles, gas and electric boat motors, bikes, horses, fires, camping, drones, commercial enterprises, target shooting, geocaching.

Leopold Brochure (331 KB PDF)