Snow Bottom, SNA #262 (82/674)

Snow Bottom certainly packs a punch in terms of natural community diversity in a small area.  Though there are 3 parcels to this site, only 2 are accessible as one is landlocked.  The western parcel is accessed off of Cedar Rock Road, while the eastern parcel can be reached from a parking area on Bowers Road.

The western parcel contains a forested slope, a portion of Castle Rock Creek, and some agricultural fields, that presumably will be restored to a more natural ecosystem in the future.  During my visit to this parcel, I spent most of my time on the hunt for ephemeral wildflowers among the trees on the slope.  Trillium, violets, and Jacob’s Ladder were found in this area.  I then moved on to the eastern parcel, where a faint path leads along the Blue River.  A bit of the way in, rock outcroppings begin to appear on the landscape.  I have always found this seemingly inhospitable microenvironments fascinating for the diversity of species that call them home.  Here, trees, lichens, and wild columbine were abundant.  Both of the times that I have visited this parcel were at the end of long, multi-day trips and so I did not have the time to explore as thoroughly as I would have liked.  In particular, the eastern parcel seems to be the most ecologically exciting parcel and I look forward to the opportunity to delve a lot deeper here.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 262
County Grant
Natural Communities / Geology
Pine Relict, Fen, Spring, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Oak Woodland, Calcareous Fen
Size (Acres) 675
Parking Roadside
Trails Yes
Easy to Find No
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within na
Dates Visited 5.1.10 / 5.29.11

 

Grant
Grant County
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