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Tent Camping

Tent Camping Area Rental

The tent camping area is located near the picnic shelter and campfire area. This is a mowed flat piece of land surrounded by prairie with a view of Lake LaPresto, which is often visited by ducks, geese, egrets and herons. Tent camping has been utilized in the past by scout groups, with the fall/early winter season bringing many scouts working on their Polar Bear Patch. There is a water hydrant and electrical outlet near the camping area. The picnic shelter offers a suitable cooking area, while the campfire ring makes a great place to end the evening with a round of stories and s’mores.

Fees for tent camping

$25 per night.
Call (920) 318-9518 to reserve a date.

Need to Know…

  • The director lives on the property, and if you need immediate assistance, call 920-318-9518. In case of a medical, fire, or other life-threatening emergency, call 911. Marsh Haven is located at W10145 Highway 49 East in the town of Waupun, Fond du Lac County.
  • Restroom options: The pit toilets are located in the block building near the Dommisse Lodge and are available 24/7. The running water public restrooms are located inside the Vine/Griffith Main Building and can be accessed during our open hours of 12 to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm weekends. Please let a staff member know if any supplies are needed in any of the restrooms.
  • Please conserve electricity and turn off lights after you are done. Please do not adjust the temperature in the classroom. If you need the thermostat changed, check with a staff member.
  • The gates are closed after hours, but not locked when we have overnight guests. If you need to leave before the gates are opened, you can just push one side open, drive through and reclose.
  • There are games, puzzles, volleyball, croquet and other activities in the lodge. Feel free to utilize, just return when done.
  • Please clean up after your group. We do compost and recycle here at Marsh Haven and we can provide containers for this purpose.
  • Please be aware that Wild Parsnip is here on the grounds. Educate your guests on what this plant looks like and the fact that contact can cause painful blisters and scarring. You will find most Wild Parsnip in the tall prairie grass.
  • Wood is available for campfires, feel free to utilize wood from the pile near the campfire ring. Practice good fire safety, watch your fire and make sure it is completely out before leaving. There is a water hydrant with hose for safety and for water use. There is also electricity at the post near the tables in the campfire area.

Rules While Staying at Marsh Haven Nature Center

  • We recognize and appreciate the “Leave No Trace Principles
  • Please communicate your arrival time so that we can make sure the gates are unlocked and someone is here to greet you.
  • Pets are discouraged – but if you do bring your dog, they must be leashed. The nature center is here for the wildlife and loose dogs can disrupt that balance. We are also open to the public and for everyone’s safety cannot have loose animals roaming.
  • Please plan to pack out your garbage when you leave – try to leave the lodge and bathrooms as clean or cleaner than you found them. If you need any cleaning supplies or garbage bags, just ask.
  • Remind all members of your party to keep doors closed – especially the back classroom door. If doors are left open we have ground squirrels, insects, and other critters coming inside. It’s also hard on the hinges to leave the doors swinging in the wind.
  • Do not put trash in the fire pit, even to burn it. It is not a burn barrel and we follow the Native American philosophy that the fire should be shown respect. We do not want to leave trash in the fire ring for the next group to find. Dispose of your trash in the proper way.
  • Respect our plant and animal life while visiting Marsh Haven. Do not pick or destroy plants in the woods or prairie, leave the plants for others to enjoy. Do not harass our chickens or other wildlife – there is a delicate balance of species co-existing here and an amazing opportunity to see things not always available in other locations.
  • Be aware of muddy boots/shoes when entering the nature center. Remember that we are open to the public and please show respect for our visitors.
  • If you need anything, or have any questions, please just ask. Someone here is always happy to answer questions or show you around. Depending on who is working in the nature center there are opportunities to learn about snakes, Purple Martins, wildlife rehabilitation, our animal ambassadors, Native American history and so much more – we love to share our interests with others. Let us know what we can do to make your visit more enjoyable!