What's happening at the Visitor Center? We are sorry to announce that the Visitor Centrer will be closed due to shortage of staff. If the Visitor Center is open: all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to have a mask when they enter a State building.

The Trail leading out to the Cormorant Rookery is also under construction, we are sorry for this inconvenience but the work being done on the dike is very important. Check back when this project is done to see how this has improved the trail.

The Mead Wildlife Area and McMillan Marsh properties are still open for hiking, bird watching, hunting, and driving. Please continue to practice social distancing. We hope that you are all safe and well.   

Restroom facilities are available at our outhouse located on County Road S, near the Visitor Center.

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George W. Mead & McMillan Marsh Wildlife Areas

Photographs by Gerard Fuehrer

Nestled in the valley of the Little Eau Pleine River, this wildlife area contains over 33,000 acres of wetlands, forests and grasslands. It was presented to the citizens of Wisconsin to be used for wildlife conservation for all time. 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.

The Mead presents many opportunities to explore and get involved. Offering over 80 miles of hiking trails and dikes, 3 easy walking trails around the Center, and other recreational opportunities, as well as volunteering or participating in our events. Mead can truly offer visitors a one on one nature experience.

George W Mead and McMillan Marsh wildlife areas The McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area provides quality and varied recreational opportunities such hunting, trapping, biking, hiking, pet walking, jogging, bird watching, and many more outdoor activities. Located North/Northwest of Marshfield, this hidden treasure is an invaluable “recreational asset” and “environmental safeguard” to the city of Marshfield.

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 family, bring your friends, bring yourself, and come check us out today!