Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Menasha, WI
Length: Varies
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a 76-acre urban nature reserve with habitats including forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, open field, and upland forest.  The Reserve is home to numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl nest and feed in its protection.

The 4,000 square foot Nature Center features a “Living Waters” exhibit with an indoor live wetland, and aquariums that are home to local fishes, crayfish, turtles, and snakes — surrounded by a display of mounted Wisconsin mammals and birds.

Outdoor exhibits include a memorial butterfly garden and bird feeding area, as well as a pond, bog and stream complex. The Nature Center facilities feature a workshop/meeting room, a classroom amphitheater/Discovery Den, Solarium, and a resource library.

Three miles of trails, including nearly 4,000 feet of elevated boardwalks, provide access to the wetland habitat to all visitors to explore and enjoy bird watching, walking, photography, and snowshoeing in winter. Wagons and strollers are available for check out to increase visitor enjoyment of the hiking trails. Wheelchairs are available for visitors who may need assistance.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Nature Center Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday and Monday Closed

Nature Center is closed all major holidays.

Trails are open 6 AM – 9 PM daily, year round.

Pets are not allowed on the Reserve. Uniformed, leashed service dogs are welcome.

Bikes and other wheeled recreational vehicles are not permitted. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

Summer: Muggy days = buggy days, so bring your bug spray!

Winter: Boardwalks are typically snowplowed shortly after snowfall. There are designated snowshoe paths.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Donations are welcome. There is a designated parking lot.

Trail Contributor

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Jami is one of the Co-Ambassadors for HiB Appleton.  She helped start the Appleton branch in September 2016 shortly after her daughter was born.  She has always been a lover of the outdoors and loves sharing her passion with her daughter and fellow hikers.  When not hiking with HiB, she is often camping or getting with her husband, daughter, and two dogs (who also make regular appearances on hikes.)


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