The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.

The education and visitor center will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 25th and 26th.  The outhouse will be open for your use. Thank you for your patience.

Check out the "Whats Happening" Tab, then select "Events at the Mead" for a complete list of program offerings, including guided snowshoeing events!

Volunteers are needed, please call (715) 457-6771 to learn more about these opportunities. 

To reserve the facility or book a field trip for your school or youth group, please email Sam De Roche at: [email protected]

Trail Report: The bike trail at McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area is now closed for the season. The bike trail at Mead Wildlife Area is closed indefinitely, due to significant erosion. 

Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center during open hours or at the outhouse located on County Road S, north of the Visitor Center entrance.

George W. Mead & McMillan Marsh Wildlife Areas

Photographs by Gerard Fuehrer

Nestled in the valley of the Little Eau Pleine River, the George W. Mead Wildlife Area contains over 33,000 acres of wetlands, forests and grasslands. It was donated to the citizens of Wisconsin to be used for wildlife conservation. Mead’s diverse habitats harbor an abundance of wildlife; 273 documented species of birds, a variety of North American mammals, as well as reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Such diversity ensures that with each visit there is something new to discover.

With over 80 miles of internal roads and dikes, along with 3 easy walking trails around the Center, Mead truly offers visitors an opportunity for an immersive outdoor experience.

Located North/Northwest of Marshfield, the McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area provides a variety of recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, biking, hiking, pet walking, jogging, and bird watching. This wildlife area is a "hidden gem" for outdoor enthusiasts living in the area.

The Mead and the McMillan Wildlife Areas are managed by the Department of Natural Resources to maintain and enhance habitats that support wildlife.

Bring your friends and family when you visit!