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.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Wetland, Prairie, Savanna, Oak Opening|
|Parking||Parking area (paved)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Jefferson County; More info: Wisconsin DNR|
|Located Within||Dorothy Carnes County Park|
|Dates Visited||9.26.09 / 4.18.10|