This is a three leg multi with the final being about a two mile round trip hike. When you are at GZ2 look around for the old well.
Paradise Marsh Wildlife Area is a 1,590 acre property located in Columbia County. Find it by going south of Randolph 1 mile on Hwy. 73 to Hwy. G. Go west on G 3 miles to wildlife area. The property consists of approximately 1270 acres of wetland, 260 acres of upland (grasslands), and 60 acres of wooded habitat.
Paradise Marsh has long provided excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife and migratory waterfowl. During the early 1900’s, cutting of marsh hay by farmers was a common practice. According to elderly farmers of the 1910-1930’s time period, prairie chicken were common in the marsh area. In the early 1900’s, drainage ditches were dug throughout the marsh and large portions of Beaver Creek were straightened. Some of the ditching efforts was for farming the muck soils underlying the wetland vegetation.
In 1962, the Wisconsin Conservation Commission (precursor to the DNR) purchased 425 acres of wetlands in the Paradise Marsh area. The intent of creating the Paradise Marsh Wildlife Area was to eventually improve habitat conditions for waterfowl and pheasant by reducing further drainage of the marsh and providing undisturbed upland nesting cover.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Sara Kehlri of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding
This is public hunting land so you may not want to be here during deer season and blaze orange never goes out of season here.