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