From the junction of SH 38 and
SH 11 drive 2 miles north and 1 mile west on paved roads, then
turn south on an unpaved county road between hatchery ponds.
Look for ducks, shorebirds, and waders in and around the ponds.
Listen for Marsh Wrens in spring if there are cattails around
the edges. Both Marbled and Hudsonian godwits have been seen in
the spring as well as Cinnamon Teal.
Byron Hatchery Watchable Wildlife Area (WWA) and showcases three different habitats in
a 40-acre area. The area includes a 1/2-mile self-guided trail
through a cat-tail marsh, forested swamp and restored mid-grass
prairie. The trail contains informational signs, observation
blinds and piers to get visitors closer to wildlife. Other
features designed to attract wildlife include bat houses,
chimney swift tower, a barn owl nest house and a bluebird trail.
Located adjacent to a state fish hatchery that provides
sportsfish such as saugeye, walleye, striped bass hybrids and
smallmouth bass for statewide stocking, Byron WWA has an
ever-changing variety of wildlife and blooming plants. Schools
and citizens are encouraged to visit both sites to see what’s
new. The WWA is open for self-guided tours daily during sunlight
hours; weekday visitors also can tour the fish hatchery from 9
For more information or to schedule tours, call 580/474-2663