Contribute to the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund

Cherokee Marsh is the largest wetland in Dane County, Wisconsin. The marsh is located just upstream from Lake Mendota, along the Yahara River and Token Creek (map).

The Friends of Cherokee Marsh formed in 2006 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.

Join the Friends, renew your membership, or donate

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Monthly Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday, July 6, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, August 3, 1:30 – 3 pm

First Sunday of every month, 1:30 – 3 pm

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Free, family-friendly bird and nature walks. Sponsored by Madison Parks, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

Yahara River Paddle Trip

Saturday. August 2, 8:00 am – 11 am
School Road Boat Landing

Bring your own canoe, kayak, or SUP and tour the upper Yahara River at Cherokee Marsh. Led by Russ Hefty, Conservation Resource Supervisor for Madison Parks.

Sponsored by Madison Parks and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Evening at Cherokee Marsh – South Unit

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, South Unit

View the fall colors and learn about recent restoration efforts. Sponsored by Madison Audubon, Madison Parks, and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.