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Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

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Closed Now: 08:00 - 16:30
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Great place for birding. Varied habitat lends itself to a large variety of species. The website has... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Somerset, New Jersey
Awesome, FREE auto-tour of a state managed brush-prairie wetland area

We kayaked the St. Croix River and the livery driver mentioned Crex Meadows as we passed by. We... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
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Intersection of Burnett County Rds. F and D, Grantsburg, WI
+1 715-463-2896
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 December 2011

Each fall, thousands of Sandhill Crane gather at Crex Meadows before heading south to Georgia and Florida for the winter. They roost in the protected refuge in the evening and in the morning head out enmass to the farm fields surrounding Crex. It's a fantastic...More

4  Thank Bob I
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Crex meadows has some serious history, back in the 20's they cut the tall grasses to make carpet, But you get back into some of the areas and you feel very remote. I would like to get back there and explore via the atv trails

1  Thank troubled1
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

Great place for birding. Varied habitat lends itself to a large variety of species. The website has a map of the property with interesting information about each area. Wish that was available in print form at the visitor center. I will definitely return!

Thank JoyceVanPelt
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We kayaked the St. Croix River and the livery driver mentioned Crex Meadows as we passed by. We returned later, missing the hours to go into the visitor center. I googled the auto-tour and found the narration to expand on what we saw driving throughout...More

Thank average1
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

What a treat to see sandhill cranes come in at dusk. While seeing them, a couple of swans and several bald eagles throughout the afternoon,observing the 5:45 until dusk parade of flocks and flocks streaming into the refuge from their feeding at the nearby corn...More

Thank Drbrooks4337
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Observed the sandhill cranes coming into the refuge last night about 45 minutes before sunset. Wonderful experience. Also observed many deer in the area. I recommend you see the sandhills at least once in your lifetime.

1  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 26 May 2017

This is free to visit. Their visitor center has a nice display where you walk through to learn about the history of Crex Meadows. It's very well done & educational!

Thank nowincolorado
Reviewed 23 April 2017

For the naturalist, bird watcher, or anyone who appreciates the beauty of our wetlands, this is a must see attraction. Located just north of Grantsburg, WI, Crex Meadows offers a vast and varied environment for getting close to nature and its creatures. The main buildings...More

1  Thank Sandra J
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Perfect scenery and great for going outdoors. I think that every child should have an experience here, they teach gun safety and even have a cool survival camp class with Kristi

Thank Ayla M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

First visit to Crex. We had a great time just wandering around the hiking trails. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Small gift shop and also a little free library.

Thank Mary R
Reviewed 29 March 2017

stop by for a visit..... you will love the quiet... tall grasses, lake...wildlife... very serene...beautiful wildflowers...

Thank Navigate802631
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This place has a number of stuffed birds and animals on display with a lot of information to go with it. Place also offers many trails and roads to explore and see wildlife. To many birds to list.

Thank fishindude2015
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13 October 2018|
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Response from average1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we haven't there, but I agree to call the visitor's center
26 April 2017|
Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free!
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31 July 2016|
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Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
I was shocked to learn during my visit in March that dogs are allowed off leash until April 15th... Not sure what the start date is. Mostly the "busy" spring and summer season is when they have to be on leash.