Schluckebier Prairie is a small remaining remnant (23 acres) of what was once a 14,000 acre “Sauk Prairie” Grassland prior to the arrival of European settlers. German for “drink a beer”, Schluckebier is an odd name for this site; perhaps the settlers used to tip back a few here in the old days. There are two parcels, one on either side of Hwy PF. Parking is on the shoulder; there is an access lane alongside the main prairie but it is only one vehicle wide and I believe it is also used by nearby farmers to reach their fields, so parking there is not advised. Springtime sees beautiful displays of spring ephemerals such as puccoons, bird’s-foot violet, pasqueflower, and prairie smoke. Rarities include the federally-threatened prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya) and the state-endangered red-tailed leafhopper (Aflexia rubranura).
More of my photos from Schluckebier Prairie can be viewed here.
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||The Prairie Enthusiasts; (More info: Wisconsin DNR)|
|Dates Visited||6.27.09 / 5.8.10|