Description - The 1,000-acre Fox River National Wildlife Refuge is an important breeding and staging area for the greater sandhill crane that depend on freshwater marshes and prairie ponds. The refuge has 10 distinct plant communities ranging from upland coniferous and deciduous woodlands to five wetland communities. This plant diversity is responsible for the presence of about 160 different species of wildlife. Species diversity of this extent within a relatively small confined area is not found in many other parts of Wisconsin. Over 50% of the refuge is marshland.
- Administered by Horicon NWR, the unstaffed Fox River NWR is only open for controlled deer hunts. Hunters may obtain more information pertaining to the random selection of hunters, hunt dates, and regulations by calling the contact number listed below.
Recreation - The only public use allowed at Fox River NWR Is a deer hunt scheduled several times in November and one period in December.
Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Fox River National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 60 miles to the west of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Marquette County.