Nitschke Mounds Park - Atlas Obscura

Nitschke Mounds Park

Burnett, Wisconsin

The property contains 37 preserved animal effigy mounds constructed by Native Americans between 800-1100. 

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Nitschke Mounds Park is located approximately 45 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, near the southern end of the Horicon Marsh.

The property has 37 preserved animal-shaped effigies as well as conical and linear mounds and is considered a sacred space for Native Americans.  The preserved mounds represent one of the best-surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied the area. 

There are walking trails that go around the effigies and through a wooded area by a pond. There is also a natural spring at the park that fills the pond but it is not set up to be potable.

Know Before You Go

There are no permanent bathrooms at Nitchke Mounds Park, so plan ahead if you don't want to use a porta-potty.

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