Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (Source: Wikimedia)

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Park Information

Whooping cranes, wolves, Karner blue butterflies, and white-tailed deer call Necedah National Wildlife Refuge “home.” Ringed bog hunter dragonflies live in sedge meadows, flying squirrels in upland hardwood timber.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Wiki
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Wiki (Source: Wikimedia)

Trumpeter swans inhabit the marshes, and badgers the savanna. The habitat mosaic, maintained by prescribed burning, seasonal mowing, and timber clearing, attracts a wide range of wildlife.

Each species and habitat is monitored and maintained to insure overall vigor of the ecosystem. Ten thousand years ago, retreating glaciers left behind vast peat bogs and sand ridges, creating the area known as the great Central Wisconsin Swamp or Marsh.

Native Americans re-colonized on the heels of the reclining glaciers, depending upon the game and wild edibles that the land provided. Europeans settled the area, attempting to drain and farm the sandy land. After a series of intense peat bog fires in the 1930s, many settlers abandoned the farmsteads.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (Source: Wikimedia)

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt set aside 43,656 acres as Necedah Refuge and, under the guidance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, several thousand acres of wetlands were restored. You can enjoy the wildness that was preserved by visiting Necedah Refuge.

Agency Name:

Fish and Wildlife Service


Located in central Wisconsin, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is 180 miles southeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 150 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The refuge lies north of Highway 21 and west of Highway 80, with all but a few acres in Juneau County. To reach the main entrance and office complex, travel 15 miles east on Highway 21 from Interstate 94 at Tomah, Wisconsin; or about three miles west on Highway 21 from Necedah, Wisconsin. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and travel about two miles to the headquarters.

Geographic Location

Contact Info

W7996 20th St. W

Necedah, WI

54646 7531

Additional Info

  • “Home – Necedah – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service”. Accessed May 25, 2020. Link.

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