Shaw Marsh State Wildlife Area
This 900-acre site is a mix of wetlands with scattered upland prairie. The marsh is a shallow wetland basin formed by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier. Shaw Brook runs from north to south. It joins the Beaver Dam River in the heart of the property. The marsh is part of the Crawfish-Rock River system. It provides good habitat for wildlife including deer and turkeys. Fox and coyotes can be seen at dusk as they move along the marsh edge in search of food. The property is managed with prescribed burns to maintain the prairies in the uplands. The hiking trails that meander through the property are used by cross country skiers in the winter.
Directions: From Beaver Dam, travel east 1 mile on Hwy 33, then south 2 miles on S Crystal Lake Road, then west on Parker Road. Access parking lots are found on Parker, Shaw Hill, Blackbird and S Crystal Lake Roads.
Gazetteer: Page 37, A-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 86, A-4 (10th edition).
Phone: 920/387-7860 (WDNR Horicon).
Web site: WDNR Shaw Marsh State Wildlife Area
Signature species: Waterfowl, Wild Turkey and Common Yellowthroat.
Rare species: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Field Sparrow and Bobolink.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Beaver Dam.