, Wisconsin
Pollys Lake, Page Creek Marsh , Wisconsin © Lee Wilcox

Places We Protect

Page Creek Marsh

Wisconsin

Page Creek Marsh is a large, relatively undisturbed wetland that provides habitat for many species.

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.

Conditions

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, Conservancy volunteers have been 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.)

Plants

  • Rare plants such as the downy willow-herb and bog reed grass thrive in the wetlands surrounding one of the lakes; you can also see
  • Plant communities such as sandy oak savanna, sedge meadow, prairie fens, tamarack swamps, bogs; and
  • A variety of sedges and wild rice.

What to See: Birds

Luxuriant with emergent aquatic plants, the secure, deep-water habitat of the Page Creek Marsh area provides cover for large numbers of birds, including wood ducks, willow flycatchers and green-backed herons.

What to See: Animals

  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Red fox
  • Woodchuck

PLAN YOUR VISIT

For more information about visiting the preserve, please follow the links below:

All of our preserve maps are now georeferenced. You can download an app on your Apple or Android device, and it will allow you to view your location, record GPS tracks, add placemarks and find places.