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Germania Marsh Wildlife Area

Germania Wildlife Area

Germania Marsh Wildlife Area is a 2400-acre property in north central Marquette County. Find it approximately 5 miles west of the city of Neshkoro on County Highway N, or approximately 12 miles south of the city of Wautoma just east of State Highway 22 on Eagle Road. The property consists of open marsh/wet meadow, swamp hardwoods/tamarack swamp, upland prairie/oak savannah and shrub carr.

Management

History

The Germania Dam Company built the first dam and mill in Germania in 1867 which created a large shallow flowage of several thousands acres called Germania Lake. In 1902 the dam was removed to permit the farmers to harvest wild rice which was soon abandoned due to poor economic return.

In 1948, a committee of game managers inspected the area as a potential restoration project and the favorable report and the engineering surveys which followed indicated that the area had a good water supply and was suitable for flooding. The preliminary project and first Land Acquisition on the Germania Marsh was approved by the Wisconsin Conservation Commission on September 9th 1955 as a wetland restoration project.

The current Germania Marsh Dam (Lower Dike) was completed on October 13th 1959 and was modified and repaired in 1999 after vandals had dumped sand into the gear mechanism that moves the water control gate.

Management objective

Current management programs include wetland restoration and water level manipulation in the impoundments, upland dry prairie restoration to promote Karner Blue Butterflies and other grassland related wildlife, oak savannah restoration, and mourning dove habitat manipulation for banding and hunting opportunities.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]

Recreation

The Germania Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Auto travel
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - there is a Waterfowl Closed Area on the east side of the wildlife area that is closed to all hunting during the waterfowl season
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing
Maps

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

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

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Last revised: Monday February 20 2017