Bluff Creek, SNA #271 (83/674)

Bluff Creek is another one of my favorite SNA’s and another smorgasboard of natural communities.  It consists of two parcels and can be accessed via several points including a pull-off on CTH P, typically populated by fisherman, off of Hi-Lo Road (bring your rubber boots), and off of Esterly Road.  The Ice Age Trail (IAT) passes through the eastern unit, providing another access route.  Bluff Creek is one of 7 SNA’s in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and one of 27 through which the IAT passes.

I have explored Bluff Creek 3 different times from 3 different access points.  Back in 2010, I explored the area of the creek itself near its intersection with CTH P.  Over 5 years later, I returned to the same parcel, but approaching from the southeast through wet prairie and sedge meadow.  A few months later, I made it to the eastern parcel to  explore the headwaters of the creek with its morainal seeps and also visited the prairie and fen areas near CTH P again.  As mentioned, the IAT does pass through the eastern parcel, though that portion is mostly forested.  The IAT crosses an power-line ROW, however, which one could take northwest toward the headwaters.  I have found this to be a wonderful site every time I have visited and look forward to more trips here in the future.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 271
County Walworth
Natural Communities / Geology
 Creek, Spring, Sedge Meadow, Fen, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Wet-Mesic Prairie
Size (Acres) 296
Parking Parking Areas (gravel), Roadside
Trails Yes (partial)
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit
Dates Visited 5.2.10 / 7.19.15 / 9.13.15

 

Walworth
Walworth County
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