Events for 2019

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.

April 11 – April 14  – Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference and Membership Meeting.  The conference will be held at the Ho-Chunk Hotel & Convention Center in Baraboo, WI and will include a variety of local field trips and presentations.  Sunday, April 14 will feature a Photography Field Trip to Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve with fine art photographer and photojournalist Cameron Gilliehis.  For more information and to register, visit the conference web page here.

Saturday, July 13 – Running Fit will hold the “Dances with Dirt” trail running event.  This event utilizes some of the trails on the Merrimac Preserve.  For more information, visit their web page at

August 15 – August 18 – Trout Unlimited Youth Fishing Camp.  The camp is open to youth ages 12 to 16 and will be located at the Pine Lake Lutheran Camp south of Waupaca, WI.  For more information, including possible sponsorship, contact Mike Stapleton from Trout Unlimited at (608) 742-3665 or

September 14 – January 5 - 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 2 – The 24th 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.  Contact us at (608) 643-6600 or for more information and to sign up.

November 23 – December 11 - 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.