**As of September 1st, the Bike Trail is closed for the season on both the Mead and McMillan Wildlife Areas. During this time, hiking is allowed to the refuge line, but not beyond. Do not enter the refuge area due to migratory birds resting. Thank you for your cooperation. Bike trails will re-open next May**
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; 270 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, a seasonal 7.5 mile long bike trail, and recreational opportunities, as well as volunteering or participating in our events. Mead can truly offer visitors a one on one nature experience.
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 activites. 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.
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To see what else is going on at the Mead throughout the year, check out our What’s Happening page.
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring yourself, and come check us out today!