Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 600 acre urban wildlife refuge featuring live animal exhibits, educational displays, miles of hiking/skiing trails and various wildlife viewing opportunities. While nothing beats actually being there, click on links below to begin your journey through the sanctuary’s many offerings.

In the evolving situation of Covid-19, and an effort to keep our WLS team and our visitors healthy and safe; the Wildlife Sanctuary will continue to be open 8am-4:30pm daily until further notice.
    General Practices Safety Guidelines     CDC graphic

The Observation Building and corn sales, as well as the Nature Center will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Woodland Building will remain closed. 

Please call (920) 391-3685 for injured or orphaned wild animals.   We are admitting wildlife for rehabilitation, but encourage a call us first.  Wildlife rehabilitation will be by appointment only from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM and from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Reminder: Fishing for ages 15 and under and disabled fishermen in the designated fishing area follows DNR Urban Fishing Program

NR 20.33(2)guidelines.   Urban Fishing Regulations.   NO PETS/DOGS are allowed at the Wildlife Sanctuary and no bikes allowed on the trails.  Please be aware that these rules are for the safety of visitors, staff, and our wildlife and resident animals.  Stay on the marked trail and practice social distancing.   Check our Facebook page for the most current updates.

We appreciate all of the support and your understanding as we navigate through these unusual times.  Please call the office at (920) 391-3671 or Steve Lakatos, Superintendent, at (920) 391-3675 with questions.


Drop off Donations

Items can be dropped off 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Pick an ornament off the donation tree at the Observation Building or look at our RPAWS WISH LIST 2020.  Monetary donations have an anonymous family matching the donations up to $5,000!  Drop off or click to donate ONLINE!

Please Keep Yourself and Others Safe

We highly encourage the use of face coverings when inside any buildings. Please be respectful of staff, other visitors, and families while you are visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary and please practice proper social distancing.

Summer Animal Series

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Free and open to all.  Please remember social distance guidelines.

Check the calendar or the Facebook page for program titles and times.  Join us!


No pets or bikes on trails please

Please remember that for the safety of our wildife and resident animals, we do NOT allow dogs and other pets.   Please do not ride bikes on our trails.  Visitors can ride their bikes into the park, but please walk on the trails.

Stay Connected to the WLS

Check out our videos on our WLS you tube channel and subscribe!  We will try to post new content every few days.  Stay the most up to date by checking our WLS Facebook page.  Like or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Please Do NOT Feed Bread

Bread and bakery products can be damaging to waterfowl.   As young birds grow, the processed bakery items can cause a condition called ” Angel Wing  ” which is not reversible.  Limited corn sales will be outside the main door of the Nature Center.

Click on Page Titles for More Information!

About Us

Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.

Getting Here

Map and directions.

Map Out Your Day!

Map of the park itself with descriptions of buildings, special habitats and things to do.

Facility Hours and Phone Numbers

Summer and winter hours, as well as phone numbers for the different buildings.


Brief overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary, including Mission and Goals.


Trail information, trail map and trail report blog.


Fishing etiquette, finishing information and Manger Lagoon information.


Information about wheelchair accessible areas of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Room Rentals

Spaces available for rental, descriptions, floor plans and policies.

Photo Policy

Important information about shooting photos at the Wildlife Sanctuary.