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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Step into the beauty of Central Wisconsin and immerse yourself in a mosaic of habitats on 44,000 acres at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.  Savanna, prairie, wetland, and forest all intertwine across the refuge.  Start at the refuge visitor center and boardwalks, which serve as a gateway to your refuge experience.  Take in the sights and sounds of the refuge in the exhibit hall, shop the Karner Korner, or visit with friendly staff to find the right hiking trail or driving experience for you.  

The refuge hosts over 230 bird species, including red-headed woodpeckers, whooping cranes, wood ducks, and eagles.  Visitors also have a chance of viewing bears, deer, porcupines, otter, turtles, wolves and many more wildlife species.  One of the most sought after insects by photographers includes the endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Each season hosts unique nature experiences.  Spring and fall migrations offer excellent warbler and waterfowl viewing.  Visitors often are able to view wild whooping cranes foraging in the refuge’s wetlands from mid-March through November.  Summer months tantalize the eyes with stunning floral displays accented by fluttering butterflies and dragonflies including the Karner blue butterfly.  Winter offer’s a glimpse into an animal’s world through tracks, scat and browsing evidence across the landscape. 

Learn more during your visit.  The refuge provides programs for organized groups including school field trips, scout programs, guided hikes, formal presentations, and has public meeting space available.  For seasonal information, events for the general public, and items available for check-out, please visit us on-line at: or  Refuge events and programs are free and open to the public and are supported by the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Inc.  Contact the Visitor Center at (608) 565-2551 or [email protected] for more information.  

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and closed Federal holidays, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.   Refuge lands are open year-round sunrise to sunset for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, and much more!  Visit the Refuge off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah.  For additional information please call (608) 565-2551 or visit us online at and Visitor Center hours of are subject to change.   

Phone: 608-565-2551

Email: [email protected]

Website: Open Website

Address: N 11385 Headquarters Road, Necedah WI 54646

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