Features

  • Banking on Nature Horicon

    Banking on Nature Report

    Learn how the refuge brings money and jobs into your local community!

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  • Monarch Butterflies at a Sanctuary in Mexico

    Overwintering in Mexico

    The migrating monarchs began to arrive at Mexican butterfly sanctuaries on October 31. They will start there return in February or March.

    Report Your 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!

    Sense of Wonder Discovery Trail 2018

Public Use Information

Recent Land Transfer from Ducks Unlimited Adds Seventy Acres to Horicon Refuge

An additional 70 acres of land was recently added to the northern boundary of the refuge as a land transfer from Ducks Unlimited. The area is open for all hunting seasons currently allowed on the refuge as well as to other approved recreational uses during the designated time periods outlined in the general refuge regulations. See below for tract map.

Zuelke Tract Map

Birding Information

A majority of the marsh is iced over but some open water remains. Many bird species have left the marsh. Canada geese, Sandhill cranes and some mallards may still be seen in small flocks.

December 4 2019 Waterbird Survey
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 11, Feb 8, and Mar 7, 2020. Coot's Corner Bookstore, located within the refuge visitor center is owned and operated by the non-profit Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. For current hours or more information, please email fohnwr@yahoo.com.

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About the Complex

Horicon Leopold Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

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