Horicon WI lodging

Bird Watching, Wildlife and Nature Viewing.

Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US, is one of the top birding destinations in the Midwest. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, as both Globally and State Important Bird Areas and is also a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve. Spring and fall bring massive migrations of waterfowl, with nearly 500,000 birds stopping at the marsh to feed and rest on their way to warmer climates. During the summer, many species of birds remain in the marsh to breed and raise their young. Throughout the summer, heron, egrets and other shorebirds can be seen stalking the margins of the cattails. A birder's paradise and one of the best birding areas in the entire Midwest region of the country. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge 920‑387‑2658 http://www.fws.gov/midwest/horicon/, www.horiconchamber.com  or www.dodgecounty.com.

The Horicon Marsh International Education Center is a learning hub for information exchange, interpretive exhibits, and visitor participation in classroom activities and outdoor educational experiences. As a tourist destination, it offers recreational opportunities along with environmental education for its half million annual visitors. Its international designation includes: "Wetland of International Importance" 1991 designation by the UN Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for international cooperation in the conservation of wetland habitats. Horicon Marsh is one of a small number of US wetlands to achieve such a distinction. "Important Bird Area" 2004 recognition by the Wisconsin Important Bird Area Program identified the Marsh as the first Wisconsin site to receive this global recognition. The center will be completed in the fall of 2008 with a grand opening the spring of 2009.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Pontoon Boat Tours

Excellent paddling opportunities are available in the Horicon Marsh. Winding channels, open water and expansive wetlands are yours to explore. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available from Blue Heron Landing, about four blocks from the inn. The gentle current you'll find on the Rock river and in the Horicon Marsh makes it ideal for paddling. We are happy to make arrangements for you. Please inquire. There are also numerous pontoon and bird watching tours available from Blue Heron Landing, as well as their famous sunset cruises on Saturdays in the summer 920-485-4663  www.horiconmarsh.com

Disc Golf

Crystal Lake Disc Golf Course is an 18 hole course located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, about 10 minutes from us. Most holes are around 200 feet, with the shortest being 148 and the longest at 350. Hills, trees, streams and a lake, make it an interesting and fun course. Each hole has both a "professional" and "amateur" tee-off. For pictures and more information go to http://www.beaverdamdiscgolf.com/

Biking, Hiking, Snowmobiling, Cross-Country Skiing

The Wild Goose State Trail runs for 34 miles along the western edge of the Horicon Marsh. The crushed limestone path runs along a former railroad grade, making the trail suitable for all types of bicycles. The trail runs from Fond du Lac to Clyman Junction. The trail is less than 2 miles outside of Horicon. Bicycling - Walking - Hiking - Jogging and Cross-Country Skiing are permitted year round on the main trail. Additional bicycling is available on county roads around the perimeter of the Horicon Marsh. Also many cross country skiing trails are located throughout the Horicon Marsh. Dodge County Tourism 800-414-0101 www.dodgecounty.com

Snowmobile Use - Permitted on the main trail between December 1 and March 31 when conditions allow county officials to officially open the trail. No trail fee. For trail status call 920-386-3705.

Auto Tours

The glaciers that once covered Dodge County have sculpted a landscape ideal for auto touring. Several scenic overlooks around the Horicon Marsh allow you to view the wetland's wildlife. Follow the brown signs that mark the route of the Horicon Marsh Parkway, a 50-mile auto tour that encircles the Horicon Marsh and follows state and county highways through Burnett, Kekoskee, Horicon, Mayville and Waupun. Another great trip is the Horicon Marsh Tern Pike. Located off Hwy 49 in the northwest portion of the marsh, this scenic drive winds throughout the wetlands and along dikes, allowing for great wildlife viewing.

Ledge Park

Beautiful Ledge Park, less then five minutes away, covers 83 acres along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking high overlook of the famous HORICON MARSH and the surrounding countryside. The upper portion is heavily wooded and offers expansive picnicking areas, group shelter, hiking trails, shower building and playground. The lower portion also offers group shelters, picnic areas, hiking trails and a playground. The hiking trails wind along the ledge, between and over interesting and unique rock formations, small caves and through heavily wooded areas.

Nitschke Mounds

Nitschke Mounds Park, is located about five minutes from Honeybee Inn, near the center of Dodge County adjacent to the Wild Goose State Trail and just west of the Horicon Marsh. The property is nearly 54 acres in size and contains about 39 effigy, conical and linear mounds believed to have been constructed between 800 AD - 1100 AD by the Late Woodland Effigy Mound Culture. The mounds represent one of the best surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied the Dodge County area.


Five courses available for your pleasure with mature trees, manicured fairways, sloping greens, well placed water hazards, and challenging layouts. We are happy to arrange tee-times at any of these courses for you. Call Dodge County Tourism for more info and descriptions. 800-414-0101.  www.dodgecounty.com

Holy Hill

Just 25 miles southeast of Horicon and located on the highest elevation in this part of the state; visible for miles in all directions, the spires of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, soar into the sky. The Neo-Romanesque Church, completed in 1931, with priceless stained glass windows and magnificent mosaics, boasts a breath-taking view of the southern Kettle Moraine Countryside. During summer and fall, thousands climb the 178 steps to the top of the observation tower inside one of the church spires for an unparalleled glimpse of the dramatic surroundings and the skyline of Milwaukee on the horizon. Special seasonal events include a live nativity, uplifting concerts and a popular arts and crafts fair.

Holy Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a state landmark. Open year round, free admission and parking. Picnic grounds, gift shop, cafeteria and gourmet bake shop.  www.holyhill.com   262-628-1838

Horicon Aquatic Center

Over 10,000 square feet of swimming fun. Some of its more prominent features are: Zero-depth to a depth of up to 12.5 feet, six lane-twenty-five meter competitive lap pool, two one-meter diving boards, an umbrella spray, and water curtains in the kids' section, two 140 ft. Water Slides (one enclosed), concession stand with tables and chairs, chaise lounge chairs and grass area, bathhouse with private and handicap accessible changing & shower areas with coin lockers, 920.485.3522.

Car Racing

Four racetracks for the racing fan:
Columbus 151 Speedway (920.623.4393)
Raceway At Powercom Park (920.887.1600) 1/3 clay track with wide variety of races.
Dodge County Fairgrounds (920.885.3586) Weekly stockcar races.
Slinger Speedway (262.644.5921) Racing every Sunday night.

Beaver Dam Lake

The 6,542-acre lake is a popular spot for boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, and pontoon boat rides.

Widmer's Cheese Cellars

70 varieties of wonderful cheese made daily. Cheese factory tours every Friday morning. Located about 15 minutes from Horicon in Theresa. Retail store. (888.878.1107)

Columbus Antique Mall

Wisconsin's Largest Antique Mall. "Where dealers shop for their merchandise." Over 82,000 square feet of antiques displayed and sold by 222 of Wisconsin's finest dealers in 444 booths in 18 rooms. Located in an old granary with trains still running inches from the building. Shop In Air Conditioned Comfort. Broad Range of Antiques, Collectibles, Glassware, Used Books, Wildlife Prints and Vintage Decorating. Peruse our 3rd floor of furniture. Located about 20 minutes from Horicon.

Located next door (in same building), Christopher Columbus Museum displaying quality souvenir memorabilia from Chicago's 1893 World's Fair. Educational exhibits include: library, statues, lithographs, paper, glassware, china, porcelain, tapestries, metals, silk ribbons, cloth, bronze and many types of souvenirs. The Museum display covers 300 feet of wall space, 80 cases with about 2,000 items in 3,000 sq. ft. Many Items are a "one of a kind" rarity and present a broad collection of diverse and unique items that bring to life the period from which Columbus burst forth.

Other Activities

Museums, three large county parks, extensive nature and hiking trails, bowling, boating. Come and enjoy Horicon, Wisconsin, a naturally good experience. Everything you need for a great get-away is here from great dining to nature hikes to just relaxing in your beautiful guest room.


Favorite Restaurants

Benvenutos 831 Park Ave. Beaver Dam 920-887-7994
Marsibilio’s Trattoria 114 Bridge St. Mayville 920-387-7179
Audubon Inn-Beaumont Room 45 N. Main Mayville 920-387-5858
Ginger’s Hide-Away 302 E. Lake St. Horicon 920-485-4856
M J Stevens 5260 Aurora Rd. Hartford 262-644-6037
Don Ramons  39 S. Main St.  Mayville   920-387-9903


"The innkeeper, Barb, was all that one could hope for... chatty when chatted at (heehee) and quietly absent when we were doing our own thing. She was brimming with directions and dinner suggestions, and made our precious getaway time run as smooth as the flavored hot beverages from the nifty machine outside our door!" TripAdvisor Review