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Menasha - 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.


J Rothe

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Great little place with a surprisingly extensive network of trails that make you feel far more removed from the city than you actually are. Well-constructed boardwalks wind through wooded swamp, with occasional open water where one might find wood ducks and other wildlife. There are several goodies tucked away among these trails... like a blind, a large reconstruction of an eagle nest (which looked like it was meant to be climbed in), and a playground. There are also a large number of apparently resident deer that are easily spotted. If you only have a short time, the smaller western edge of the reserve has much shorter trails that still boast some interesting things, including a stretch of open water which often hosts several species of waterfowl, a bridge spanning a small creek, and a small meadow. The staff seem to keep their bird feeders well-stocked, and Tufted Titmice are among the frequent visitors. Inside the nature center itself is a plethora of taxidermy as well as live specimens of native species. And the nice clean indoor bathrooms are always appreciated... Especially in winter!

Christopher Reich

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Great place to get immersed in nature, without having to go far. Always see deer, and other critters. Very peaceful.

Annie Quick-Laughlin

Saturday, April 7, 2018
A great place to hike--woods, water and wild animals. The deer and turkey are not shy. They rent skis and snowshoes in the winter.

Randy Bushman

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Great wildlife area for all ages just on the edge of the city area. Not huge but a lot packed into the space yet well organized. Great place to take kids for an hour inside and an hour or two outside.

Brian Brickham

Sunday, April 8, 2018
We love going for walks here. Year round activities, which helps when that cabin fever kicks in around February. Lots to listen to and see.

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