Bear Bluff (314/689)

Bear Bluff features a mixture of wet and dry forests and open wetlands in the Jackson County Forest.  Situated within the basin of the former Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Bear Bluff can be accessed via Goodyear Road north of CTH HH.  Note that at the time of my visit in 2013, this stretch of road was…

Meadow Valley Barrens (313/689)

Meadow Valley Barrens is aptly described in its name.  It is simply put, a barrens within the Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area.  The site exists in two parcels, both of which can be accessed via CTH H.  Further interior access to the larger southern parcel can be had via Eisefeldt Rd and 15th St SW….

Blueberry Trail (312/688)

Blueberry Trail preserves a floodplain forest along the slow, wide turns of Beaver Creek within the Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area in Juneau County.  The site can be accessed from Mulloney Road.  No parking areas are present, so this was another pull the car as far off the gravel road as possible situation. There are…

Suk Cerney Peatlands (311/687)

Suk Cerney Peatlands is a massive complex of meadow, bog, swamp, and pine barrens covering over 3600 acres (11th largest SNA) in Juneau County’s Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area.  The site is located west of Necedah and can be reached by taking North 6th Avenue north from CTH H to Bewick Trail which runs along…

Bear Creek Cave (310/687)

Bear Creek Cave is exactly what its name describes, a cave.  It is closed to the public and its location is not disclosed due to the sensitive nature of the site and past vandalism issues. This ninth-largest cave in the state is home to several bat species and a number of cave-preferring and endemic invertebrate…

Nipissing Swamp (309/687)

Nipissing Swamp is a remnant from the time of the glaciers when a sandbar blocked the outlet of Glacial Lake Nipissing and turned the area into a lagoon.  Today, a northern hardwood swamp and sand dunes persist.  Found within the boundaries of Point Beach State Forest, the area can be accessed from the northeast by…

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…