Get your friends and family together and come to “Tour De Marsh” at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County, Wis. On Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. join bicyclists, hikers, motorcyclists and autos touring around and through the famous Horicon Marsh. Named one of the “seven wonders of Wisconsin” and a “Wetland of International Importance”, seeing and experiencing Horicon Marsh is a great opportunity to enjoy one of nature’s treasures. Eight communities, Dodge County Parks and three non-profit organizations are partnering for this event. There is no entry fee and it is open to everyone. Choose from 36, 18 or 8-mile routes based on one’s comfort level.
Tour maps and refreshments will be available at designated spots along the route. The map is a suggested route for a self-guided tour. Participants can start at one of the designated spots and then proceed on their tour. Each stop will have parking, refreshments, maps, information cards and restrooms available. The six “Tour De Marsh” starting/rest points are:
- Horicon National Wildlife Refuge hiking trail parking lot off of Rt. 49 (Parking available)
- Chances Bar & Grill in Burnett on Rt. 26 (N8592 Front St.)
- Rock River Tap in Horicon (110 W. Lake St.)
- Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center off Hwy. 28 between Horicon and Mayville (N7725 Hwy 28) (parking available)
- Federal Refuge Office and Visitor Center off Hwy. Z (W4279 Headquarters Rd.) (parking available)
A drawing will be held for participants that visit all six stops around the tour and shirts will be available by pre-order. There will also be a guided 8 mile bicycle tour on flat terrain from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Total loop of guided tour is eight miles. Interested parties should meet at the main parking lot off of Hwy 49 on the north end of the marsh. Bring binoculars and cameras for viewing and photo opportunities.
New routes along Dike Rd. and Old Marsh Road open two major nature areas allowing visitors into the heart of refuge areas which allows for scenic views of nature. Bill Ehlenbeck, Manager of Dodge County Parks notes that one of the highlights of this bike route is the ability to cross right through the belly of the marsh on Dike Road. Not only does it give a unique view of the marsh, but it now provides the casual bicycle rider the ability to more easily accomplish a smaller loop ride rather than having to circle the entire marsh.
Featured stops along the route include the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center where visitors can see the Horicon Marsh Story movie and exhibits, Horicon National Wildlife Federal Refuge Visitor Center to view and study marsh exhibits, and Marsh Haven are also attractions on the map. Prime overlooks like Palmatory St., Bayview Rd., and Bud Cook Hiking Area offer breathtaking views of the marsh and country side.
For more information, printable map, or to order a shirt visit www.horiconmarsh.org or call Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center at 920.387.7890.