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Tichigan Wildlife Area in Waterford

Activities: Birding, Canoeing/Kayaking, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Snowshoeing, Wild Edibles Gathering, Wildlife Viewing

Tichigan Wildlife Area Panorama


The largest emergent marsh in Racine County. A 1,280-acre property near Waterford that can be accessed off of Marsh Road, Bridge Drive, North Lake Drive, Highway 83 and Tichigan Road. (See map.)

Habitats include oak woodland, shrub-carr wetland, wet meadow, cattail marsh, and grassland. The Wildlife Area straddles the Fox River and abuts Tichigan Lake, a popular place for fishing and other water sports. Tichigan Creek, a class III trout stream, is also good for fishing. Wildlife on the property includes deer, turkey, waterfowl and other small game. Pheasants are stocked for hunting. The property includes a wildlife refuge that is closed to hunting at all times.

Tichigan Wildlife Area is featured in the Lake Michigan Region of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail and is identified as an ebird hotspot.  You might see great egrets, least bitterns, terns, teal, wood ducks, Wilson’s phalaropes and white-rumped sandpipers.


There are many other recreational opportunities in all seasons, including canoeing, off trail cross country skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, trapping, wild edibles/gathering and wildlife viewing.


For more information, including hunting regulations, go to Tichigan Wildlife Area.

For WDNR map click here.

Story link: “Tichigan Wildlife Area” at Milwaukee Magazine.


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Marsh Rd
53185, Waterford, wi, US