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Collins Marsh Wildlife Area

Collins Marsh Wildlife Area is a 4,200 acre property located in Manitowoc County. Find it approximately 12 miles west of Manitowoc and 2 miles south of Reedsville. You can access the property on the west from CTH W, from the south on CTH JJ, on the east by Quarry, Einberger and Collins Marsh Road and on the north by Hilltop Road. The property is comprised mostly of marsh, wetlands, grasslands and bottomland hardwood forest.

Management

History

In 1946, the Wisconsin Conservation Department leased the marsh and surrounding uplands as public hunting grounds. A land purchase program was initiated in 1959. A local organization, Conservation Education Inc. raised more than $20,000 toward the purchase of Collins Marsh Wildlife Area. During the 1960s, the department installed a dam across Mud Creek, which impounded water and maintained marsh conditions year round. This impoundment proved to be an important Canada goose migration destination that is still utilized today. Managers created smaller impoundments in the 1980s and early 90s to add more wetland habitat.

Management objective

Collins Marsh is managed primarily for wetland wildlife. A variety of birds make the marsh their home, including osprey, herons, black terns, marsh wrens, sedge wrens and yellow headed blackbirds. Muskrats are abundant, while mink and otter are commonly observed. The grassy uplands provide hunting opportunities for ring-necked pheasants, cottontail rabbits and mourning doves, as well as habitat for bobolinks, sandhill cranes and northern harriers.

Recreation

The Collins Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Dog training area - located on the gravel road accessed from county highway JJ. Training area is the pond and area immediately around the pond.
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, small game and deer. Note: Waterfowl refuge closed to all public access from Sept. 1 through Dec. 5 with the exception of firearm deer hunting.
  • Snowmobile trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering - wild rice
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Collins Marsh Nature Center [exit DNR]

Maps

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

Last revised: Monday September 23 2013