Best Birding in Wisconsin

This list represents the most popular birding in Wisconsin. Use this list to plan your next Wisconsin birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Gandy Dancer Trail


The Gandy Dancer has a nice mix of woodlot, farm, marsh, and lake scenery, with frequent services at nine communities along the trail. An exceptionally scenic state park is near the southern trailhead…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Saint Croix Falls, WI - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 47.1 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Red Cedar State Trail


Bald eagle sightings are common throughout the year. Great river scenery and an 860-foot-long trestle are highlights of the trail, along with the historic city of Menomonie, two quaint small river vil…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Menomonie, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 14.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Great River State Trail


A beautiful collection of rivers great and small, a unique Mississippi River town, and three vast wildlife refuges are encountered along this trail. Near Perrot State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most b…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Onalaska, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 24.4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Swan Lake State Wildlife Area


Explore an overgrown trail along a dike through wetlands to an island of oak savanna surrounded by pockets of marsh and open water. Waterfowl and migratory birds abound. The difficulty here is not on…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison"
Portage, WI - Birding, Hiking - 3.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge


Low-lying hills offer great views of prairie and wetlands, and a floating boardwalk allows access to the marsh and its bounty of wildlife. This is the federally run portion of the marsh, so there is n…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison"
Horicon, WI - Birding, Hiking - 4.3 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press