Grand River Marsh State Wildlife Area and Fountain Creek Wet Prairie State Natural Area
The Grand River Marsh SWA is a 10,000-acre complex of marsh, grassland, oak savanna, river and woodlots. The property is a magnet for migrating waterfowl and is a favorite hunting spot in autumn. There are many trails to hike and three boat landings for your canoe or kayak. The extensive marshes draw in herons, Osprey and the Double-crested Cormorant. The Fountain Creek Wet Prairie SNA is a large, low-lying grassland in the basin of the marsh. Wet prairie is uncommon and characterized by prairie cord grass, blue-joint grass and mountain mint. The property’s bird list includes Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Sedge Wren, Horned Lark and Bobolink.
Directions: From Montello, travel south 5 miles on Hwy 22, then east 2 miles on Cty B to the property’s entrance. This large property has 22 parking areas.
Gazetteer: Page 44, C-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 78, C-1 (10th edition).
Phone: 920/361-3149 (Berlin WDNR).
Signature species: Henslow’s Sparrow, Black-crowned Night-Heron and Blue-wing Teal.
Rare species: Red-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe and American Black
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Montello or Marquette.