Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' wildlife staff will be educating outdoor enthusiasts about wildlife and the marsh as you paddle the water trail through Horicon Marsh into the Rock River on Saturday, June 29, from 7:30 to 11:30am.
This is an opportunity to paddle the 6.5 mile Canoe Trail at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and talk with wildlife interpreters stationed throughout the trail to learn about the marsh habitat and wildlife. The trail starts at the Green Head Boat Landing and ends at Nebraska St. Landing in Horicon.
New this year, learn about marshmaster, woodducks, nesting, water safety, wildlife management, historical hunting and trapping artifacts. In addition, learn about the rich history of the marsh.
There will be interpreters from the Wisconsin DNR staff posted at various stopping places along the marked canoe/kayak trail in the marsh. They will briefly cover topics such as the history of Horicon Marsh (old hunting artifacts will be shown), management of the marsh, marsh wildlife and be available for any other questions.
A Wildlife Biologist will also be along the route in an airboat to show people one of the many management tools that are used on Horicon Marsh. Another management tool, the Marsh Master, will be near the Greenhead boat landing for people to view. This is a great opportunity to talk with experts and learn from some of the people that work at the marsh every day. An ice cream stand will be available at the end of the paddle. Also, restroom facilities will be available at the beginning and end of the trail. There is improved parking this year too.
If you have your own canoe or kayak, a free shuttle provided for drivers by Johnson Bus. It will run from 10am to 2pm from Nebraska Street Boat Landing in Horicon back to your car at Green Head Boat Landing.
If you would like to participate but don't have your own vessel, you can rent one at Horicon Marsh Boat Tours in Horicon.
For boat, canoe or kayak rental, contact Blue Heron Boat Landing at 920.485.4663 or www.horiconmarsh.com for details.
Trail maps or other information on paddling the Horicon Marsh, contact 920.387.7893 or go to www.horiconmarsh.org.
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