The George W. Mead Wildlife Area, a public property managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, offers over 80 miles of trails that explore portions of the expansive 33,000 acres. Observe nesting great blue herons and cormorants in the rookery.
Three walking trails are accessible from the Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center. The Audubon Prairie Nature Trail is a tranquil 0.5 mile walking trail through grassland habitat and native prairies. The Ephemeral Trail and Boardwalk is a 2 mile hike along native prairies, past Dragonfly Pond and through a forest habitat. The easiest trail is the Turkey Foot Trail at 0.25 miles; it meanders over a wooden bridge and through a tall grass prairie habitat. The Smokey Hill Watchable Wildlife and Historic Site located just off of Smokey Hill Road is an excellent place to explore the wildlife area. Walking trails in this location run along Rice Lake and the Little Eau Pleine River and includes the Rice Lake Refuge.
Travel west from Stevens Point on Highway 10 West, Take Highway S. North to enter the wildlife area. The Stanton W. Mead Education & Visitors Center is located at 201517 Cty. Rd. S. Milladore, WI 54454.
This wildlife area is the largest in the state and features 33,000 acres of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Hunters can hunt bear, deer, ducks, geese, and small game. Plenty of hiking is available within the wildlife area. Bird watching is always spectacular-273 species of birds have been recorded here. A $2 million Education and Visitors Center opened in 2005.
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DescriptionThe Stanton W. Mead Education & Visitor Center is a state-owned building which may be used by a variety of groups & organizations for many different purposes. The library room seats 12-15 and the classroom seats 80, with tables seats 66.