Horicon Marsh

Mayville, Wisconsin 53050

Horicon Marsh

Horicon Marsh Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A vast wetlands complex that is home to the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, Horicon Marsh is a truly intriguing and special place. Each spring and autumn, it’s a junction for tens of thousands of migrating birds, and paddling the marsh during these times, with a spectacular number of birds coming and going overhead, crouched in trees, and on the water, is truly a treat. The marsh is home to seemingly every variety of goose and duck, not to mention herons, egrets, pelicans, bald eagles, turtles, deer, and otters.

You don’t want to paddle the marsh when the water’s low—it’s a mucky mess from which to dislodge your boat—and you definitely don’t want to paddle against the wind in this huge open space. This may sound counterintuitive, but trust me: If the wind is coming from the south, even at 10 miles per hour, you should reverse the put-in and take-out points and begin this trip at the Legion Auxiliary Park, then paddle upstream to the Greenhead Road boat lot, to avoid a lot of strenuous paddling and splashy whitecaps. Additionally, pack a lot of water, sunscreen, and a hat—especially on a sunny day, as there’s essentially no shade."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
7.2 miles
Skill Level
3 hours
1 fpm/minimum of 100 cfs at USGS gage 05424057
Tidal Information
Spring and Autumn.
Additional Use

Activity Feed

Dec 2018