Recreation in Marshfield, WI

Home to parks, green spaces and one of the largest zoos in the state, Marshfield, WI offers plenty of opportunities for recreation.

Tiffany Williams
On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 17:34

Home to outdoor havens, green spaces and one of the largest municipal zoos in the state, Marshfield offers plenty of opportunities for recreation, allowing both residents and visitors to experience the city in an active way.

McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area

Comprising approximately 6,500 acres, McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area is a mix of wetlands, woodlands and grasslands.

Visitors can enjoy activities such as hunting, hiking, berry picking and wildlife viewing, and can also enjoy a seasonal bicycle trail that is open from May 1 through August 31.

George W. Mead Wildlife Area

Nature lovers can also explore George W. Mead Wildlife Area's 33,000 acres of wetlands, forests and grasslands, and can see more than 267 species of birds that inhabit or migrate to the area each year.

In addition to the recreational opportunities the area has to offer, wildlife and environmental programs are available. Guests can tour the Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center, and can enjoy presentations and activities focused on wetlands, grasslands, forestry, renewable energy and other topics. For more information, go to

Wildwood Park and Zoo

Mammals big and small reside at Wildwood Park and Zoo, along with raptors and other birds, many of which can be found in the Central Wisconsin area. For no charge at all, families can see Amber and Liberty, the zoo’s two bald eagles, or say hello to sister and brother mountain lions Star and Thunder. Spanning more than 60 acres of land, the zoo also features Sensory Gardens, which showcase a variety of flowering and non-flowering plants.

Hamus Nature Preserve and Recreation Area

More outdoor fun can be enjoyed at Hamus Nature Preserve and Recreation Area, which consists of 32 acres and is located on Marshfield's north side. Facilities include restrooms, a grill, picnic tables and more.

Although the land was initially purchased to protect the city’s wellhead, there are now hiking/walking/biking trails that allow outdoor enthusiasts to take in the scenic property and its accompanying wildlife. Three small ponds were also constructed on the preserve to further enhance the acreage.

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Tiffany L. Williams is currently a graduate student at Michigan State University, where she is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking.