Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

1305 Plank Road

About Us

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. Persisting despite the urbanization that continues to grow around it, the Reserve is home to numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl nest and feed in its protection.

Our Mission

The mission of HWR is to enhance, restore, and preserve the Reserve and educate all people in the importance of conserving our natural resources while promoting the Reserve’s many recreational opportunities.


Thomas Kuenzli

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

What a wonderful area! Took a short stroll down one of the trails while waiting for the meeting to start, to my delight a deer slowly crossed 5 feet in front of me, totally relaxed and simply stopped at the trails edge to eat... There 4 others just off the edge of the trail.

Adam Stamper

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017

Easy to find and walk trails. Very kid friendly unfortunately, you have to leave the four legged family members behind. It helps protect the reserve and the abundance of wildlife to be found there.

m sams

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Love bringing my kids here. Nice well maintained. Live the turtle pond. You will see deer and able to see them pretty close.

Jacqulynn Cotter

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

Great family place. Even an 18 month old can enjoy. Deer, turkey and birds were friendly and photogenic.

Amber Ruffing

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Such a beautiful place. Great trails/boardwalks, and almost guaranteed to see wildlife!