Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 700 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; we will continue to be open the current hours of 8am-4:30pm daily until further notice.

We will continue with social distancing guidelines and encourage our visitors to follow the guildelines set by the CDC and Brown County Health and Human Services.    General Practices Safety Guidelines     CDC graphic

 ◊All of our buildings are closed and no public restrooms are available.  

 ◊The Chipmunk Trail and the floating boardwalk to the waterfalls are closed.  

 ◊Corn sales will be on a limited basis from outside the main doors of the Nature Center; no change available.

 We will be admitting wildlife for rehabilitation on a case by case basis, and by appointment only.

 Please call (920) 391-3685.  Read a Message from our Animal Care staff

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 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.  Our dedicated team is working hard to find a safe solution for re-opening our buildings.

We will continue to announce the next phase of re-opening.

 Please call the office at (920) 391-3671 or Steve Lakatos, Superintendent, at (920) 391-3675 with questions.

Thank you!!  –Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Staff  


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.

Reminder of hours

The park closes at 4:30 P.M. until further notice.

Trail gates are locked at 4:30 P.M.

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.

Practice Social Distance Like These Birds!

We are happy that so many of you are getting outdoors during this difficult time.  Please be respectful of other visitors and families while you are walking on our trails and practice proper social distancing.  Remember that we are all in this together!

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.

Protective Geese Require Social Distance

Be aware of geese that are protecting their goslings and/or nests when you visit.  Though they will hiss and seem aggressive, if you give them space, they will leave you alone.  Give them space please.


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.