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National Wildlife Refuge

redhead duck on water
W4279 Headquarters Road
Mayville, WI   53050
E-mail: horicon@fws.gov
Phone Number: 920-387-2658
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The refuge supports the largest number of nesting redhead ducks in the eastern United States.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs for preschool through post-secondary students include on-site field trips and off-site classroom presentations. Additional resources include educational trunks and materials for loan and educator workshops. Reservations and appointments are required.

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Bank fishing is provided on the refuge daily from three designated sites at the ends of Peachy, Ledge, and Main Dike Roads. Platforms which are accessible to people with disabilities are provided at the Ledge and Main Dike Road sites. Current State regulations and seasons apply. Main Dike Road is open to fishing April 15-September 15. Boating and canoeing are not allowed on the refuge but are allowed on the adjacent Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Fishing is also permitted at the Fond du Lac County wayside on Highway 49 at the Rock River.

Horicon Marsh is divided into the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. The two areas have different regulations and season dates. You are responsible for obtaining and abiding by all current regulations which are provided only in brief here.

Waterfowl hunting is not allowed at Horicon Refuge but is allowed on the state wildlife area. Hunting for deer and small game (partridge, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant) is allowed on the refuge. Non-toxic shot is required when using a shotgun for small game. Boating, canoeing, all-terrain vehicles, scouting, shining, and baiting are not allowed on the refuge. All hunting on the refuge ends on the last day of the gun-deer season.

The office/visitor center is accessible to people with disabilities and includes exhibits, video viewing, a staffed information counter, bookstore, and a deck with spotting scopes.

The refuge offers many public events and programs throughout the year. Please visit the website above to see the calendar of events.

Separate on-site and off-site programs and bus tours for organized groups are available by reservation.

Wildlife Observation
There are many ways to enjoy wildlife at the refuge: auto touring, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, bird watching, photography, nature journaling, or participating in educational programs.

Public use areas include several hiking trails, a floating boardwalk, an overlook area with spotting scopes, and an auto tour route. Several interior roads also provide access into the refuge, such as Dike Road and Ledge Road. The auto tour route and Dike Road are open year-round, weather conditions permitting. Public use areas are open daily, dawn to dusk.

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Refuge office/visitor center - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (year-round) and weekends in the fall. Office/visitor center is closed Federal holidays. Horicon TernPike auto tour route and Main Dike Road - open daily, year-round, weather conditions permitting. Public use areas are open for permitted activities daily year-round from dawn to dusk.

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee.

Use Fees
Fees for special permit hunts and rental of the visitor center multi-purpose room.
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