Bluegill Bay County Park
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology mentions this park as the best site in Wausau to bird watch year round. Located along the Wisconsin River, it has a nice mix of habitats including upland woods, marsh, brushy edges, and a large pond with an outlet to the river. The property’s bird list boasts 175 species with spring and fall being the best seasons. A spring on the property flows year‘round making this is a good place for overwintering species. A good trail system provides access to this 70-acre park. Some rare species include the Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and Summer Tanager.
Directions: From I-39 take exit 188 (Hwy N). At the stoplights at the end of the ramp, turn east .5 mile to Cloverland Lane, then east 1 mile to the T- intersection. Turn left to enter the park.
Gazetteer: Page 64, A-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 58, A-2 (10th edition).
Web site: Bluegill Bay County Park
Signature Species: Wilson’s Snipe and Yellow Warbler.
Rare species: Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Goshawk, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Pine Grosbeak and Connecticut Warbler.
Parking: Parking Lot.
Nearest food & lodging: Wausau.