Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    Refuge Auto Tour and Hiking Trails

    3 mile driving loop and hiking trails.

    Horicon Refuge Trail Maps

  • Refuge Run Walk

    5K Run Walk for Wildlife

    Horicon NWR Refuge 5K Run/Walk CANCELLED for 2021. National Wildlife Refuge System's Virtual Walk/Run page

    Walk/Run for the Wild

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    Federal Recreation Passes

    Refuge is unable to issue at this time.

    Permits

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    Have Monarchs Arrived at Your House?

    Keep your eyes peeled. A great citizen science project tracks monarchs moving north. Report when you see the first butterfly, egg or larva.

    Track their progress.

Public Use Information

Facilities Updates

Refuge auto tour off Hwy 49 is open to vehicles. Visitor Center: Temporarily closed. America the Beautiful passes will not be available until Jan 1 2022. Discovery Trail open for hiking and porta potty available. Main Dike Rd: now open to vehicles as well as hiking and bicycling Old Marsh Rd: currently closed for hiking and bicycling. Refuge open for fishing at bank fishing locations (Main Dike Road, Ledge Road, and Peachy Road). See maps for more information. Please remember to practice social distancing and avoid trails and parking areas that may be experiencing higher visitor use. Stay safe and enjoy! For more information email horicon@fws.gov or call 920-387-2658.

Refuge Map

Public Programs and Events

*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE OFFERING LIMITED EVENTS AND PROGRAMS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. CANCELLED: 5K RUN/WALK FOR WILDLIFE - OCTOBER 9TH, 2021.

Birding Information

Mixed Ducks Taking Off From a Wetland

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Fall 2021 Migration Report 9/15/2021 This week is the first week of waterbird surveys at the Refuge for the 2021 fall migration. The Refuge manages 18 separate impoundments. Each impoundment has different water levels to create the necessary habitat and feeding conditions for migrating waterbirds. Current water levels and weather conditions are very typical for late September. Canada goose numbers are low with around 1000 on the Refuge. These are local Canada geese. Migrants have not started to arrive. Farmers are starting fall harvest – mainly chopping corn silage. Geese may be found in surrounding fields that were harvested. Dabbling ducks were most numerous on this week’s survey – around 20,000. The top 4 species seen in the thousands were blue-winged teal, mallards, green-winged teal, and wigeon. Others seen in the hundreds included wood ducks, shovelers, and gadwall. Diving duck numbers are very low right now – less than 200. Small groups of ruddy ducks may be seen in open water areas. Other sightings to note: Large rafts of coot – in the hundreds – are grouping up for migration. Pied-billed grebes – in groups of 10-15 were seen all over the Refuge. Ring-billed gulls are migrating through the area in large numbers. Nearly 1500 were counted on the Refuge. Pelicans and cormorants began migration several weeks ago. We are down to several hundred of each. The best viewing of waterfowl this week is along the auto tour route. Check out the last impoundment on the right- before the exit. Several thousand ducks were seen including teal, mallards, shovelers, wigeon and wood ducks. You might even spot some shorebirds hanging out in the shallowest water. Happy Birding!

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Bird Checklist

Trapping Information

Unit maps and auction information.

Visitor Activities
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 - Temporarily closed. America the Beautiful Passes(annual,senior,access etc. are unable to be issued at our facility at this time. Please visit https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes to purchase or call ahead to federal sites you plan to visit.

Plan Your Visit

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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