What's happening at the Visitor Center? The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.

In observation of holidays, the center will be closed on Thursday November 24, Saturday December 24, Sunday December 25, Saturday December 31, 2023 and Sunday January 1, 2024.

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

Refuge rules are now in effect at Mead and McMillan Wildlife Areas. Please respect these important areas that provide important cover and habitat for migratory waterfowl.

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

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

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!