Marshall’s Point (308/687)

Marshall’s Point is a secluded piece of splendor in Door County.  A relic boreal forest and northern mesic forest untouched for more than a century lie within the protections of a gated community and neither its location or the method by which I obtained permission will be disclosed here. I was fortunate to be guided…

Sister Islands (307/687)

Sister Islands comprises two small, rocky islands approximately 1 1/2 miles off the Door County coast in the Green Bay waters of Lake Michigan.  A rudimentary kayak launch is found at the terminus of Waters End Road, just east of STH 42 north of Sister Bay. My brother and I rented kayaks from an outfitter…

Alvin Creek Headwaters (306/687)

Alvin Creek Headwaters encompasses several natural communities centered around, appropriately enough, Alvin Creek and its headwaters in north-central Forest County.  The site lies southwest of the intersection of STH 70 and STH 55.  Access can be made directly from west on FR 2175 and from the east on FR 2427.  Both lightly traveled (and lightly…

Kieper Creek (305/687)

Kieper Creek includes a variety of natural communities in northwestern Florence County, sandwiched between the two previous blog posts, directly east of Lauterman Lake and just west Fox Maple Woods. A few possible access routes exist for this site.  FR 2154 forms a joint border between Lauterman Lake and Kieper Creek SNA’s.  Lauterman Creek crosses beneath…

Lauterman Lake (304/687)

Lauterman Lake encompasses rolling terrain, a mesic hardwood forest, lakes, creeks, and a braided esker system in northern Florence County.  The site can be reached via parking areas on Brule River Road (FR 2154) to the east of the namesake lake and FR 2553 to the west; both are just south of STH 70.  Note…

Fox Maple Woods (303/687)

Fox Maple Woods contains a block of northern mesic forest and sedge meadow in northwestern Florence County.  STH 70 bisects the property, though the vast majority and more interesting portions lie north of the highway.  A parking area provides easy access to the forest. A faint trail leads northwest from the parking area, but I…

Upper Buckatabon Springs (302/687)

Upper Buckatabon Springs encompasses a variety of wetland habitats including springs, ponds, alder thickets, northern sedge meadow, fen, and tamarack swamp across two parcels in central Vilas County. Access to the western parcel is available directly from CTH K on the south side or 3 Springs Road on the west side.  The eastern parcel appears…

Haymeadow Flowage (301/686)

Haymeadow Flowage is a sprawling mix of forested landscapes, lakes, creeks, bogs, and swamps across a 5-mile swath of Forest County in the northeastern part of Wisconsin.  It is accessible from a multitude of National Forest roads, campgrounds, and boat launches. My first visit to Haymeadow Flowage was a fortuitous one and I simply sought…

Carver-Roehl Woods (300/686)

Carver-Roehl Woods, the subject of this, my 300th blog post, features a southern mesic forest on and around the hillside and rocky overhangs along Spring Brook Creek in Rock County’s Carver-Roehl Park. The park entrance is found on South Carver’s Rock Road just north of East Creek Road. The park road eventually forms a loop…

Cudahy Woods (299/686)

Cudahy Woods features several forested natural communities: mesic, dry-mesic, and wet-mesic just a short distance from the Milwaukee Airport.  An unmarked driveway on the south side of College Avenue, approximately 1.5 miles east of I94.  The driveway leads to a small parking area and subsequently a paved loop closer to the trailhead. The trail forms…

Warnimont Bluff Fens (298/686)

Warnimont Bluff Fens represents a rather unusual place to find a fen, on tall bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.  The location is not disclosed by the DNR and will not be here either, but I was allowed some special dispensation by the county. So as not to not tread on the fragile ecosystem, I enjoyed the…

Franklin Savanna (297/686)

Franklin Savanna contains the bones of an oak savanna within the decidedly urban Milwaukee County.  It is one of just 3 SNA’s found within the county.  It can be found on Oakwood Road, south of the city of Franklin, in the southeast corner of the county. Parking here is dicey at best.  The road is…