Located 20 miles east of downtown Marshfield, this hidden treasure is an invaluable recreational asset and environmental safeguard to the city of Marshfield. Nestled in the valley of the Little Eau Pleine River, this wildlife area contains over 33,000 acres of wetlands, forests and grasslands. It was presented to the citizens of Wisconsin to be used for wildlife conservation for all time. Mead’s diverse habitats harbor an abundance of wildlife: 270 documented species of birds, a variety of North American mammals, as well as reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Such diversity ensures that with each visit there is something new to discover. The Mead presents many opportunities to explore and get involved. Offering over 80 miles of hiking trails, bike trails, and recreational opportunities, Mead can truly offer visitors a one-on-one nature experience.