Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg

#38 of 77 in Wildlife in Wisconsin
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is about 30,000 acres. Originally part of the Wisconsin Pine Barrens, it is now the state's largest remaining portion of this globally endangered ecosystem. The rare sedge marsh and brush prairie habitats make the area a utopia for wildlife, which in turn, makes Crex a paradise for bird watchers, naturalists, botanists, hunters, and all other hearty explorers who are interested in the great bounty that nature offers.
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  • Hiked the trail behind visitor center then drove part of the road system (it’s big get the guide at the visitor center, it’s outside the front door) After lunch we went to our motel and then drove...  more »
  • Visitor center closed due to COVID but nice walking trails. Did not see much wildlife. Watch out for ticks.  more »
  • I love to go out to Crex Meadows. It's a great place to have an old fashioned "Sunday drive" any day of the week. There is abundant wildlife, waterfowl, turtles and once in awhile a snake. We love to go out and wind down. There is also a nice visitors center on the edge of Grantsberg.
  • Loved this place. We came in June to bird and saw/heard 50 different species over two days as well as wildflowers, butterflies, a bear, a Blanding's turtle (endangered species), and lots of young cygnets, goslings, and crane colts. We ran into very few people (during the week) and it was so quiet and peaceful. It rained on day 2 but birding from the car was still possible. Be sure to pick up maps at the headquarters if they're open. This is pretty strictly a driving tour with opportunities to pull over in numerous places and bird/gaze from the roadside. Bring bug spray. We used it and killed a few mosquitoes in the car but didn't mind over much. The only bathrooms are at the headquarters (if open) and the rest area (pit toilets, no running water or disinfectant hand gel) positioned approximately 'mid-tour'.

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