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HORICON, Wis. — Horicon Marsh in Dodge County, Wisconsin, offers “Tour De Marsh” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2. The event will feature bicyclists, hikers, motorcyclists and autos touring around and through 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. Covering 33,000 acres, Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.
Eight communities, Dodge County Parks and two non-profit organizations are partnering for this event. There is no entry fee, and it is open to everyone. A free drawing is available for participants who visit all five stops around the tour.
Participating neighbors of the marsh will have maps available at designated spots as well as refreshments available along the route. The map is a suggested route for a self-guided tour around and into the famous Horicon Marsh as well as into the neighboring communities. Participants can start at one of these designated community stands and then proceed on their tour. Each starting/rest stop will have parking, refreshments, maps, information cards and restrooms available.
The starting/rest points for the “Tour De Marsh” event are as follows:
• Horicon National Wildlife Refuge hiking trail parking lot off Route 49
• Federal Refuge Office and Visitor Center off Highway Z (W4279 Headquarters Road)
• Horicon Marsh International Education Center off Highway 28 between Horicon and Mayville (N7725 Hwy. 28)
• Chances Bar & Grill in Burnett on Route 26 (N8592 Front St.)
• Kekoskee Park on Highway TW in Kekoskee.
A guided bicycle tour will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Interested parties should meet at the main parking lot off Highway 49 on the north end of the marsh. Bring binoculars and cameras for viewing/photos along the tour. Total loop for this guided bicycle tour is 9 miles.
“Tour De Marsh” provides participants a close view of Horicon Marsh. New routes along Dike Road and Old Marsh Road open two major nature areas allowing the visitor into the heart of refuge areas, which allows wonderful 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 bike-rider or family 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 International Education Center, where visitors can see the Horicon Marsh Story movie, and at the Horicon National Wildlife Federal Refuge Office & Visitor Center to view and study marsh exhibits. Ledge Park and Marsh Haven are also listed as attractions on the map. Prime overlooks like Palmatory Street, Bayview Road and Bud Cook Hiking Area will ensure visitors see beautiful views of the marsh and countryside.
Jerry Moede, mayor of Mayville, said, “The bike and car tour map that was produced by people of the surrounding communities is an absolute treasure for people that are interested in what happens in and around the Horicon Marsh.”
For more about the “Tour De Marsh” event and printable map, go to any of the participating community or Chamber of Commerce websites or to www.horiconmarsh.org. You may also call Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center at (920) 387-7890.
Posted May 30, 2012