Midwest Living Review
Marshes are underrated, and perhaps none more so than the Sheboygan County Broughton Marsh, an impressive 13,000-acre swath of land at the northernmost point of Wisconsin's scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest. Much of the marsh remains a wilderness area, which encourages numerous species of wildlife to gather: white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, foxes, great blue herons, Sandhill cranes, sora rails, mink, yellow-headed blackbirds and more. Visitors love to fish here for northern pike, bass, black bullheads and pan fish, among others. But it's not just the wildlife that's exciting to see (or catch), it's also the numerous plant communities. The marsh contains expansive tracts of cedar and tamarack, unusual in this southerly locale. There are also large hardwood stands, prairie and rare plants. Visitors can view the marsh from a spacious park area, which contains a restaurant, campsite, playground, picnic area and fishing piers. An observation tower (Wisconsin's tallest) affords sweeping 360-degree views of the marsh. For a more intimate experience, rent a canoe or boat to traverse its waters or, in the winter, cross-country ski or snowmobile along its surface. In spring 2011, a cattail problem caused authorities to drain the marsh, and it may take up to a decade before the water, plant and wildlife returns to normal. However, even fully drained the marsh is still quite beautiful and home to enough wildlife to make a trip worthwhile.