Step into the beauty of Central Wisconsin and immerse yourself in a mosaic of habitats on 44,000 acres. Savanna, prairie, wetland, and forest all intertwine across the refuge’s new visitor center and boardwalks. They serve as a gateway to your refuge experience. Take in the sights and sounds of the refuge in the exhibit hall 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 the chance at seeing bears, deer, porcupines, otter, turtles, wolves and many more wildlife species. Although the “Great Swamp”, may be known for its biting insects, don’t dismiss our dragonflies and butterflies! One of the most sought after insects by photographers includes the endangered Karner blue butterfly.
The refuge is open year round from sunrise to sunset for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, and much more! The visitor Center is open 9:00am-4:00pm Mondays-Saturdays. Closed on Federal holidays, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Please see our website for seasonal information and events: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/necedah or call (608) 565-2551. Events and hours are subject to change so please call ahead.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge stretches north and south along Hwy 80 and east and west along Hwy 21. The visitor center is located off of Hwy 21 four miles west of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and follow the signs two miles to the visitor center.
The refuge provides programs for organized groups by reservation, general public programs the second Saturday of each month, and photography programs the fourth Saturday of the month. Refuge events and programs are free and open to the public. Activities are subject to change.
Contact the refuge at (608) 565-2551 or [email protected] for more information. All events are supported by the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Inc. Your membership and participation is appreciated.