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Visitor Center

The Visitor Center at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge has a wealth of information and was built to be off-grid with rain collection, solar panels, water reservoir and other earth friendly features.  The bathrooms also run on recycled rain water to help be more water efficient.  Also, plan on taking some time to do some the fun educational activities that are offered at the Visitor’s Center.    Learn the sounds of the Refuge, watch the short documentary about the Necedah Wildlife Refuge History, study some of the creatures that you might see, and understand the type of habitats and soil conditions you might experience.    The Center is also the start of the Visitor’s Center Hiking Trails – Muskrat Loop & Karner Loop.  These trails overall have probably the most diversity of all the refuges trails: Grasslands, Wetlands, Marsh, Swamps, Savanna, Types of Forest Trees, Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, Migratory Birds, Waterfowl, Animals and even the trail itself with boardwalks, gravel, terrain and the bridge.

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

Activities:

  • NO Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife Observation
  • Photography
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Foraging
  • Mushroom Hunting
  • Berry Picking

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.

Key Areas of the Refuge

  • Visitor's 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

Many years ago glaciers were beginning to form The Central Wisconsin Swamp that later became what is now a natural refuge that is home to many varieties of plants and animals.  This area of Wisconsin has a history that is rich in Native American culture.  In 1939, President Roosevelt declared 43,000 acres of land in Wisconsin as the Necedah Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.  Part of this area is now the Necedah Wildlife Refuge. It is a popular branch in the National Wildlife Refuge System that contains over 500 refuges consisting of a whopping 92 million acres!  If you are to get the chance to visit this amazing landmark, the best time to view the different wildlife is either during early morning and/or evening.


The Necedah Wildlife Refuge entertains and educates about 150,000 visitors each year.  It is a haven for waterfowl, deer, turkeys, song birds, & other species.  Every year it hosts, “The Whooping Crane Festival,” which features a pancake breakfast, bus tours of the wildlife refuge, and much more fun for the whole family! (The Whooping Crane Organization has moved to Baraboo) But more than that, it creates an awareness of the uncertain future and delicate existence of the Whooping Crane in nature.  It is crucial to support of the efforts of the folks dedicated to help keep this spectacular species flourishing.  This will help ensure they will survive for the enjoyment of generations to come.

WI Cabins & Homes for Sale Nearby the Refuge

Wisconsin Land & Acreage for Sale Nearby the Refuge

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


Other Links

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/necedah - United States Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.friendsofnnwr.org – Friends of the Refuge
http://www.juneaucounty.com/necedah-national-wildlife-refuge-in-juneau-county.html - Juneau County, WI
http://townofnecedah.com/necedah-national-wildlife-refuge - Town of Necedah, Wisconsin
http://www.necedah.us – Village of Necedah

Necedah National Widlife Refuge Visitor Center, WI

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