Events for 2018

Merrimac Preserve

The Merrimac Preserve is open for fishing, hiking, bird watching, snow shoeing, and other low impact recreational activities.  Hunting and trapping are allowed on the preserve through a special permit system.  Following are the activities currently scheduled by Riverland Conservancy or other conservation organizations.

Saturday, July 14 - Running Fit will hold the “Dances with the Dirt” event.  This event utilizes some of the trails on the Merrimac Preserve.  For more information, visit their web page at

July 19 – July 22 – Trout Unlimited Youth Fishing Camp.  For more information or to apply, contact Mike Stapleton at (608) 742-3665 or

August 25 – 26REI Campout.  This overnight event will take place at the Merrimac Preserve.  REI guides will be available to help teach the basics of camping.  The event will include a midnight interpretive hike led by Ice Age Trail Alliance representatives.  There is a fee for this event, and space is limited.  For more information, and to register please visit the REI event information page here.

September 15 – January 6 - Archery and Crossbow Deer Season. A special permit is required to hunt on the Merrimac Preserve. Preserve trails are open during bow season.

Saturday, November 3 – The 23rd annual Learn to Hunt for pheasants event will be held at Merrimac Conservation Club and the Merrimac Preserve.  This free, full-day event includes several outdoor and hunter education stations as well as a guided afternoon pheasant hunt.  See the 2018 Learn to Hunt Pheasants Invitation for more details.  Contact us at 608-643-6600 to sign-up or for more information.

November 17 – December 5 - Gun and Muzzleloader Deer Seasons.  A special permit is required to hunt on the Merrimac Preserve. Preserve trails are open during this hunt and blaze orange is required for all visitors to the property.  For more information please contact us at 608-643-6600.

Lansing Preserve

The Lansing Preserve is open to hiking and wildlife viewing year round.