Merrick State Park
On the backwaters of the Mississippi
River, Merrick State Park is a great place
to bird watch any time of the year, but
spring and fall migrations can be spectacular
along this major migratory
route. Though just 320 acres, the park
offers canoe and kayak access to the
extensive waters of the Whitman Dam
area to the
Paddle up on ducks and shorebirds. The
wooded uplands hold Yellow-throated
Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Orchard
Oriole and Cerulean Warblers. In the
park’s old fields and prairie restorations,
see Western Meadowlarks and Bobolinks as they sing from their grass
Directions: From Fountain City, drive north 3 miles on Hwy 35.
Gazetteer: Page 48, C-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 65, D-6 (10th edition).
Web site: WNDR Merrick State Park
Signature Species: Green Herons, Great Egrets, and Wilson’s Snipe.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Paved parking lots throughout the park.
Nearest food & lodging: Camp at park, or in Fountain City 3 miles south on Hwy 35.
Fee: Park entry & camping fees apply.