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For information about Horicon Marsh, contact:
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
N7725 Hwy 28
Horicon WI 53032

Canoeing Horicon Marsh

COVID-19 Update

Beginning Saturday, May 23, all Wisconsin state park system properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Properties will no longer be closed Wednesdays. An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Annual park stickers only, can now be purchased online. State trail and other passes can still be purchased over the phone by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week. Buy before you go: annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.

All restrooms, water fountains, buildings, observation towers and playgrounds are also closed at all state parks and forests. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

To explore Horicon Marsh by canoe is one of the finest ways to experience the marsh and its wildlife. Keep in mind that you are a visitor in an environment that wildlife calls home - treat it with respect! Please be advised that although the marsh offers many opportunities, there are some necessary restrictions.

  • Four boat landings [PDF] provide access to the marsh: Greenhead Landing, Burnett Ditch and two landings in Horicon. For those who prefer a longer trip, canoes can be launched on the Rock River by putting in at Kekoskee.
  • Canoeing is allowed in the state portion of the marsh only. The National Wildlife Refuge is closed.
  • Horicon Marsh Canoe Trail - An interpretive guide will direct your trip from the Greenhead Landing to the city of Horicon. Printed copies of the Canoe Trail map [PDF] and brochure [PDF] are also available at the Horicon DNR Service Center, the Greenhead Landing and the Blue Heron Landing.
  • Along the east branch of the Rock River you will pass the Fourmile and Cotton Island Heron Rookery. This is a State Natural Area and formerly the largest nesting colony of great blue herons and great egrets in Wisconsin. Access to the island is prohibited from April 1 to September 15. Enjoy the site from a distance across the river. Do not disturb the nesting birds. The great egret is listed as a threatened species in Wisconsin.
  • Be aware that motor boats are frequently operated on the marsh. Be cautious of the traffic and their wake.
  • In the City of Horicon, there is a dam which produces dangerous currents with a high-voltage electric fish barrier. Do not go near the dam.
  • If you need to rent a canoe or make arrangements for shuttle service to the Greenhead Landing, call Blue Heron Landing in Horicon at 920-485-4663

Enjoy the marsh and its wildlife as you canoe the area. Please observe all regulations and boating safety rules and help us protect and manage our wildlife and its environment. If you have any questions, please contact the Horicon DNR office at 920-387-7860.

Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020