Finding Bakken’s Pond State Natural Area is easy and not so easy at the same time. The open body of water known as Bakken’s Pond as labelled in Google Maps is not within the boundaries of Bakken’s Pond SNA. My interpretation is that Bakken’s Pond is a larger area including the open water of the pond and associated wetlands and streams, the latter two of which comprise the official SNA. That said, I have visited both, almost adjacent, locations and am grouping them together here for ease. The pond offers spectacular views especially midsummer with the abundance of lily pads on the water. There is a path on top of what seems to be a dike that leads alongside the main pond and separates it from a few smaller ponds. There were red-winged blackbirds aplenty during my first visit and northern rough-winged swallows made dive after dive toward the water’s surface, barely skimming it in search of a meal. This would be a nice site for birding and for overall scenery. This is definitely on my revisit list for 2016 and is in my top 10 SNA’s.
More of my photos from Bakken’s Pond can be viewed here.
|Parking||DNR Parking Area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Kayak/Canoe|
|Located Within||Lower Wisconsin State Riverway|
|Dates Visited||6.20.09 / 4.25.10 / 7.24.11 / 8.29.14|