Lodi Marsh, SNA #374 (32/674)

Lodi Marsh contains large wetland complex complete with streams and springs, but it also includes hill prairies and dry-mesic forests.  Rubber boots are recommended for marsh exploration, but hiking boots may also be suggested depending on your access point.  I would recommend accessing this site from the Ice Age Trail, for which there is a parking area about 1/3 mile south from the DNR’s recommended access point on Riddell/Lodi Springfield Rd.  From the parking area, this is roughly a 2 mile round-trip hike that will take you in and out of the SNA boundaries, through mostly forest and open prairie.  Take a GPS so you can go off-trail into the namesake marsh itself at which point those rubber boots would become handy.  My first visit here was via the DNR’s access point which was a tough slog in the tall, marshy vegetation.  My last visit was via the IAT, but in September when most things are past-bloom.  Time for a revisit next year at which time I plan to explore those hill prairies further.

More of my photos from Lodi Marsh can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 374
County Dane
Parking Parking areas (multiple, gravel)
Trails Yes/No (depending on access point)
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area
Dates Visited 7.5.09 / 9.7.14

Dane County

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