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Observation Tower Hiking Trail

The Observation Tower trail is a 1.0 mile long loop with the main feature being the Wildlife Observation Tower itself.  The habitat ranges from pine oak forest to swampy wetlands with the trail consisting of mowed grass and gravel.  From the tower you can see a panoramic view probably over a mile at some points with a wide area of wildlife; mostly migration birds.  There is a wildlife view optic built into the structure if you don’t have a super telephoto lens.  This location give people access, look and feeling of a large Central Wisconsin swamp which typically for the general public would be hard to get too.  This area is a wildlife hot spot not just for migratory birds, waterfowl, song birds and birds of prey but for animals like Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, Gray Wolves, Red Fox, Mink, Musk Rats, Squirrels, Rabbits, River Otter, Beaver and other Wisconsin Wildlife.    Some of the main birds that can be seen here are Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owl, Red-Tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, Ring-Necked Ducks, American Wigeon, Mallard Duck, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron, Whooping Cranes and so much more…

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is located in Necedah Township, Kingston Township, Cutler Township, and Finley Township of Juneau County just west of Necedah, WI. 54646.    The refuge is a little under 70 square miles of wildlife habitat with 6 Trails, several named bodies of water including: Goose Pool, Sprague Pool, Harvey Pond, Suk Flowage, Cerney Flowage, Mather Flowage, Yellow River, Rynearson Flowage and more…  Hiking, Hunting and Fishing is allowed in certain areas, certain times of the year so check with the Necedah Wildlife Visitors Center located on Headquarters Road.  Not too far from the wildlife area is WI’s 2nd & 4th largest inland bodies of water Lake Petenwell and Castle Rock Lake both part of the Wisconsin River Flowage System. 

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At the Begining of the Trail Loop - Sign Reads:

  • “Most animals are best seen in the early morning and evening hours.
  • Scan places where wildlife might hide.
  • Watch for movement.
  • Use binoculars or spotting scopes for a closer look.
  • Listen – often you will hear more than you can see.
  • Do not feed animals as this may be harmful to them.
  • Do not chase or harass wildlife – remember, you are a visitor in their home.”

Birds, Waterfowl, Hawks, Eagles, Cranes and Birds of Prey

  • Eastern Wildlife Turkey
  • Canadian Geese
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Ducks
  • Pelicans
  • Whooping Cranes
  • Sandhill Cranes
  • Bald Eagles
  • Wood Peckers
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Black Tern
  • Song Birds
  • Robins
  • Ring Necked Ducks
  • Mallard Ducks
  • American Wigeon
  • Redhead
  • Cardinals
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Barred Owl
  • Golden Eagle
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Bobolink

Other Key Areas of the Refuge

  • Visitors Center
  • Observation Tower
  • Photo Blind
  • Observation Areas
  • Restrooms
  • Boat Launches
  • Goose Pool
  • Sprague Pool
  • Rynerson Pool #1 & #2
  • Suk Cerney Flowage
  • Harvey’s Pond
  • Boghaunter Trail .8 miles & 3.6 miles
  • Harvey’s Pond Trail .7miles
  • Lupine Loop .8 miles
  • Observation Tower Trail 1 mile
  • Visitor Center Trail 1 mile
  • White-Tail Loop 1.7 miles

Types of Wisconsin Wildlife & Animals

  • White-Tail Deer
  • Eastern Wildlife Turkey
  • Black Bear
  • Beaver
  • Musk Rats
  • Coyotes
  • Timber Wolves
  • Badgers
  • River Otters
  • Fishers
  • Squirrels
  • Chipmunks

 

WI Cabins & Homes for Sale Nearby the Refuge

Wisconsin Land & Acreage for Sale Nearby the Refuge

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
N11385 Headquarters Road
Necedah, WI 54646
(608)565-2551
(608) 565-3160 fax

Other Area Public Land in Wisconsin

  • Buckhorn State Park
  • Sandhill State Wildlife Area
  • Meadow Valley Barrens State Natural Area
  • Yellow River Oxbows State Natural Area
  • Yellow River State Wildlife Area
  • Suk Cerney Peatlands State Natural Area
  • Blueberry Trail
  • Cranberry Creek Mound Group State Natural Area
  • Mill Bluff State Park
  • Necedah Pine-Oak Forest State Natural Area

Necedah National Widlife Refuge, Wisconsin Wildlife Observation Tower

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