Friends of the Necedah Wildlife Refuge
N11385 Headquarters Rd
Necedah, WI 54646
Fax: (608) 565-3150
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Hours of OperationVisitor Center: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Mon-Sat (winter hours)
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Mon-Sun) (summer hours)
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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 landscape. A great place to start is 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 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 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 from sunrise to sunset for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, and much more! The visitor center is open seven days a week spring through fall from 7:30am-4:00pm and open Mondays-Saturdays during the winter. Please see our website for seasonal information and events: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ or call 608-565-2551.
The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3), and is the non-profit organization dedicated to: supporting and enhancing the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas; educating the public about the role of the National Wildlife System in wildlife habitat protection and fostering public use and enjoyment of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This mission is accomplished by providing funds for habitat restoration and educational materials, sponsoring public events and activities, and assisting staff in informing the public about the many resources of the refuge.Volunteers of the Friends also staff and maint the "Karner Korner" Bookstore, from which the profits are returned to support the educational programs of the Refuge. Please see our website for how you can become involved: www.friendsofnnwr.org/or call 608-565-4467.