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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.


TJ Brunette

Friday, April 13, 2018
I went on a field trip with my child's class. The gentleman walking the class through the entire day was wonderful, funny & patient. Kids had a great opportunity to check out the ponds using nets, buckets etc. They had a blast. Definitely would go again. It is open for families to visit and I recommend it for something different to do outside as well as a learning activity.

Norine Riedi

Thursday, March 22, 2018
We love a stroll through the woods on the winding trails and viewing wildlife. They sponsor different nature related crafts (i.e. bird feeder & bird house building) at reasonable prices that are kid and adult friendly. They even teach snow shoeing and rent the shoes for little ones, (our daughter was 2 years old at the time we first attended), and adults. The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and always ready willing and able to answer questions. They even have a Little Free Library. They really have a lot to offer for everyone who wants to learn and explore, and they have a way of pulling ("reluctant, apprehensive, novice") adventurers out of their shells. :) Our family enjoys visiting this place and we find a new encounter every time!


Saturday, May 26, 2018
Well groomed and maintained trails which wind through a beautiful landscape. Learning center with fun things for kids, and for anyone to gain an unerdstanding of the local flora and fauna.

See Joy

Thursday, May 3, 2018
The park educators are really welcoming. We talked with Andrew. The trails and other areas are maintained very well. We saw so many birds including geese, baby geese, northern cardinal, woodpeckers, etc

Amanda Sanchez

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Very nature educational and kids loved it. Staff was amazing too.

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