Horicon Marsh Snowmobile Tour

Dodge County encompasses one of the state's most unique wildlife refuges - the Great Horicon Marsh. You can circle the entire marsh on this tour and visit friendly small towns along the way. Corridor Trail #9, the Wild Goose State Trail, skirts the entire west side of the marsh along an abandoned railroad grade. More than 240 miles of trails are marked and groomed in the county making for lots of riding options.If you jump-off south of Juneau, head north on Corridor Trail #9; then east on Trail #34 to Horicon. Off-route in Horicon, you can take a two or three-hour tour of the John Deere plant. The Horicon facility makes lawn and garden tractors. Nearby, you can learn more about the marsh eco-system at the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Center, operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Marshes are magnets for wildlife. The 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh is home to hundreds of species of birds. When winter comes, most fly south. But that doesn't mean the sky will be deserted. Soaring marsh hawks, red tails, and rough-legged hawks are often seen and snowy owls sometimes venture south from the arctic tundra. As you ride Corridor Trail #7 north around Theresa you may encounter remnants of the area's Native American past. Rich in resources, Horicon Marsh was a natural home to Wisconsin tribes for thousands of years. More than 500 ceremonial and burial mounds once ringed the marsh.Cruise west past Oak Center to Waupun, a city known for its public sculpture including James Earl Fraser's famous "End of the Trail." The Waupun Heritage Museum, in the city's former Carnegie Library, tells the history of the community. Riding west and south you'll pass the Town of Fox Lake, the hometown of big band-era trumpeter Bunny Berigan. His meteoric career included stints with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands. If your machine won't turn over when you try leaving Fox Lake, don't worry. Just drop a quarter into any juke box in town and enjoy Berigan's biggest hit: "I can't get started with you."As you return to Juneau on Trail #34 and #9, two attractions in nearby Beaver Dam are worth a trip. Nancy's Notions, Ltd. is operated by Nancy Zieman, whose program "Sewing With Nancy" is seen nationwide on public television. The Dodge County Historical Museum on Park Avenue illuminates pioneer life in in southeastern Wisconsin.