Why You Should Visit
This large wetland preserve supports a rich diversity of plants, waterfowl and grassland birds. The creek winds through gently rolling farmland enhanced by remnants of native prairie and oak savanna.
Broad sedge meadows, marshes and areas of open water afford habitat to several rare species.
South Central Wisconsin, about 18 miles north of Portage
Hiking is on old roads and intermittent, unmarked, primitive trails. Narrow boardwalks traverse the creek and the bog.
In the winter, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe on the old roads.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Page Creek Marsh is a large, relatively undisturbed wetland that provides habitat for many waterfowl. During the fall migration season, it serves as an important staging area for sandhill cranes. Several rare plants and reptiles call this home.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
In 1986, Barbara Sheehan gave the first 72 acres to the Conservancy. Since then, the Conservancy has acquired 581 acres, bringing the total protected acreage to 653 acres.
Conservancy volunteers are removing old buildings, repairing trails and boardwalks, and posting boundaries. They are also helping to restore the oak barrens. (Barrens are open, sandy areas dominated by a cover of grasses, flowers and some low shrubs, and sparsely timbered with oak and pine.)