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Waunakee Marsh Wildlife Area

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Waunakee Wildlife Area

Waunakee Marsh Wildlife Area is a 470-acre property consisting of approximately 40 acres of hardwood upland forest, 25 acres of upland warm season grassland and 400 acres of marsh dominated by cattail with some areas of sedge meadow.

Waunakee Marsh Wildlife Area is located in Dane County. From Waunakee, head west on State highway 19 three and one half miles to a parking lot on the south side of the road.


The Waunakee Wildlife Area was established in 1958 with the intent to protect the extensive wetlands associated with the upper reach of Six Mile Creek and its springheads and to provide for public hunting. Six Mile Creek flows east through Waunakee Marsh to the Village of Waunakee and then south emptying into Lake Mendota.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2013) [PDF]


The Waunakee Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, rabbits and squirrels
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020