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Horicon Marsh, Mayville

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Horicon Marsh is a marsh located in northern Dodge and southern Fond du Lac counties of Wisconsin. It is the site of both a national and a state wildlife refuge. The extinct glacial lake is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.Geological historyHoricon Marsh was created by the Green Bay lobe of the Wisconsin glaciation during the Pleistocene era. The glacier, during its advance created many drumlins (a type of knoll) in the region, many of which have become the islands of Horicon Marsh. The marsh and surrounding Dodge County have the highest concentration of drumlins in the world.During the glacier's retreat, a moraine was created, forming a natural dam holding back the waters from the melting glacier and forming Glacial Lake Horicon. The Rock River slowly eroded the moraine, and the lake drained. As the levels of silt, clay and peat accumulated in the former lake's basin, the Horicon Marsh was formed.The Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve system, being considered to contain unique, representative evidence of the Ice Age of the Pleistocene era.
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  • We've come here numerous times on our trips to WI. At different times of the year you'll see different wildlife. This fall, we watched a turtle laying eggs & burying them, as well as Sandhill Cranes, ...  more »
  • Beautiful marsh and birds. Being from South Louisiana it's like being home with cold weather. The mix of fall color with the marsh is really cool. Great place to drive or hike and kid friendly.  more »
  • A nice drive thru the marsh, I take my clients on the driving path it's free and they seem to like it  more »

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