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.
|Parking||Parking areas (multiple, gravel)|
|Trails||Yes/No (depending on access point)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area|
|Dates Visited||7.5.09 / 9.7.14|