Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

2024 Lakeview Drive

Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve has 920 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands where prehistoric Indian tribes once hunted, fished, and camped. Today this natural area is home and refuge for a wide variety of waterfowl, wildlife, and plant species. Over 9 miles of scenic hiking trails run through the marshes and forests of the preserve. These trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter months. All trails begin and end at the Interpretive Center.

Also located amidst the preserve is the West Shores Interpretive Center, which offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year and gives visitors the opportunity to explore nature up close with exciting hands-on exhibits.


Daranee Elkins

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Best way to get fresh air, vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Michael Pamperin

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Great nature hikes on miles of trails that are sure to help you find some sense of place.

Chris Wright

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My 4 year old and I arrived when a bus full of children arrived. No wait and no pay. They were going on a tour and we got to join in. The instructor was very interactive and inclusive. We loved looking around and reading about different things and animals. We made our own constellations, named them and had a great time. While there I learned about additional activities they offer. Please go to there website. Highly recommended for an inexpensive great and educational time with child.

Petra Schwab

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and the education center is cute. Nice trails and we didn't see a single other person while hiking which was nice

Benjamin Wagnitz

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Been coming here since I was a tyke. Was nice to bring my own kids and pass it on. Wonderful place