Great Wisconsin Travel Destinations

Horicon Marsh 'awe-inspiring and breathtaking' place

CREATED Jun. 7, 2013

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  • Color lights up the sky during a sunset cruise on the Horicon Marsh. Image by Horicon Chamber of Commerce

  • At 32,000 acres, the Horicon Marsh has been designated a Wetland of Importance. Visitors will see the wonders of the marsh best from the water. Image by Jerry Luterman

  • The bright colors of a drake mallard shine in the morning sun on Horicon Marsh. Photo by Paul A. Smith. Image by Paul A. Smith

  • Ryan Voy, right, of Horicon and Ryan Baudhuin of New Berlin share a laugh in a duck blind while hunting on Horicon Marsh. Photo taken Nov. 5, 2011 by Paul A. Smith. Image by Paul A. Smith

HORICON - The Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.

"It's a great place to see wildlife right here in the state of Wisconsin," said Liz Herzmann, a Wildlife Conservation Educator with the DNR.  "It's a vast wetland system and it's a great opportunity for folks to come out and see a large variety of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals."

The former glacial lake sits in portions of Dodge and Fond du Lac counties.  Bird watchers love it.  There are hundreds of species to see.

"When we have our spring and fall migration, there are thousands of (birds)," she said.

But you don't need to be a birder to enjoy the Marsh, according to Herzmann.

"Just coming out ad seeing this vast expanse of natural landscape is awe-inspiring and breathing taking.  It's just having that unique landscape."

There are miles upon miles of hiking trails, boat tours, sunset cruises, bed & breakfasts.  Plus you'll always see something new.

"You're always going to have a different experience.  That's what brings people back."

Jay Sorgi contributed to this report.