Rose Lake, SNA #538 (64/674)

Rose Lake is a shallow seepage lake in Jefferson County surrounded by rich wetlands and prairie/savanna in the process of restoration.  Rose Lake SNA overlaps with Dorothy Carnes County Park and vice versa.  The main access point is via Radloff Lane which leads to a large parking lot and picnic area.  A trailhead is also found here.  Additional access is via a parking area on Jones Road on the opposite side of the lake.

Rose Lake is a great birding and spring ephemeral destination which were my initial foci when I visited here.  The trails are wide and rolling on the western side of the lake but afforded me great displays of wildflowers.  I also observed my first-ever purple martin near the parking area.  Large bird houses provide a home for these very colorful birds.  In the coming year, I plan to explore the wetland areas further, in particular the east side of the lake.  These are among the areas being restored by Jefferson County, for which this site is a real gem.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Rose Lake can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 538
County Jefferson
Natural Communities / Geology
 Wetland, Prairie, Savanna, Oak Opening
Size (Acres) 480
Parking Parking area (paved)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries Yes
Ownership Jefferson County; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Dorothy Carnes County Park
Dates Visited 9.26.09 / 4.18.10

Jefferson
Jefferson County
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