Echo Lake, SNA #445 (73/674)

Echo Lake SNA is composed of several wetland ecosystems: bog, northern wet forest, alder thicket, cedar swamp, and of course, the lake itself.  Reaching the site is fairly easy via FR2460 off of which there is a small parking area.  Trails emanate from here and lead towards the lake.

Visiting Echo Lake was my last stop on this end-of-winter jaunt and naturally, there was only a smidgen of the botanic possibilities visible on this day.  As the trail nears the lake, it becomes noticeably more soggy in this boggy area.  Attempts have been made to place logs in various places for stability but none seem up to the task.  Despite its name, Echo Lake contains the diverse set of aforementioned natural communities.  It is for these reasons that I will be revisiting this site as well in concert with the previous entries which are all relatively close to each other.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 445
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology
Lake, Bog, Northern Wet Forest, Alder Thicket, Cedar Swamp
Size (Acres) 543
Parking Parking area (gravel)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership US Forest Service; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Dates Visited 3.20.10

 

Vilas
Vilas County
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