Once part of Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is now made up of an ancient, exposed lakebed where shallow surface water streams life into the Great Wisconsin Swamp, historic oak savannas and sand prairies. Seen for its importance for migratory birds by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, it was set aside for breeding and resident wildlife and for generations of people to enjoy.
Refuge Phone Lines are Down

Currently staff are unable to make or receive calls. We are also unable to access voicemail if callers have left messages.

Please email us at Necedah@fws.gov with questions or for program reservations. 

Visit Us

Adventure awaits novices to outdoor enthusiasts with year round activities.

Experience the refuge by:

  • Hiking or snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Taking pictures or watching wildlife
  • Being in nature
  • Participating in a field trip, guided hike, or tour with refuge naturalists
  • Ungroomed cross-country skiing

Refuge lands are open sunrise to sunset for approved activities. Not sure where to start? Staff and volunteers at the visitor center share current information on seasonal phenology and the best things to do for the day.  Explore the visitor center and then step into nature to soak in the sights and sounds of a wild space that changes daily. 

Location and Contact Information

      Our Species

      Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a diverse ecosystem, including open tallgrass prairies, sprawling savannas, numerous wetland types including sedge meadows and is home to many common and protected species.