A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh

  • August 14, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597
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  • To be used by those who were on the Walk at Donald Park that was rained out.
  • To be used by those who were on the Lake Shore Preserve Walk that was rained out.
  • The member may register a guest.

Registration is closed

Walk Description:

We will walk the prairies, woods, wetlands, and mounds of Yahara Heights section of Cherokee Marsh.  We will:

  • Tour 40 acres of restored prairie in full bloom; 
  • Enjoy great views of the Yahara River and Cherokee Marsh wetlands from high ground;
  • See effigy mounds of a panther/water spirit and bear;
  • If we are lucky, we will see nesting Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-Headed Woodpeckers.
This park is a tribute to the efforts of volunteers, who  planted and maintain the prairie and also maintain the wooded areas and effigy mounds.

About our Guides:

We will be lead by Jan Axelson, President of Friends of Cherokee Marsh.  Paul Noeldner, a birder with experience with local and State parklands, will provide an emphasis that we don't often have on this years walks.  Paul Noeldner said that he ... " will focus on nesting birds including Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers as metrics of preservation and restoration success, and can talk about other aspects of the Cherokee Marsh and the Friends group."  

Driving Directions and Parking:

Yahara Heights Park

Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.


There is a portable toilet at the far end of Catfish Ct, near the parking for the dog exercise area. There is a Mobil station on HWY M just off HWY 113.

About our $10 fee:

PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.


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