Vernon Marsh is a unique ecosystem in Waukesha County consisting of approximately 5,000 acres of marshland, grassland, flowage, rivers, oak savanna, and lowland forest. It supports abundant wildlife including songbirds, waterfowl, frogs, turtles, furbearers, deer, turkey, pheasants and sandhill cranes. Within the Vernon Marsh, the Vernon Wildlife Area is available for hiking, hunting, bird watching, canoeing, trapping and fishing.
Friends of Vernon Marsh, formed in 2008, works to restore native plant and wildlife communities and enhance the quality of the outdoor experiences enjoyed by visitors to the Vernon Marsh. Equally important, Friends of Vernon Marsh helps educate the public on the important role the Vernon Marsh plays in the protection, cleansing and recharge of water resources, and the preservation of wildlife and open spaces.