Lulu Lake, SNA #138 (86/674)

Lulu Lake is an amazing mosaic of natural communities straddling the Walworth-Waukesha County line.  Several parking areas are located around the property including on CTH E, Lulu Lake Road, and Nature Road.  Trails lead throughout the site.  The SNA is owned approximately 2/3 by the DNR and 1/3 by The Nature Conservancy.  Both entities own additional adjacent lands that are non-SNA.

For both of my visits to Lulu Lake, I started from TNC parking area on Nature Road (north of the DNR parking area).  From here, the trail leads toward the namesake lake with an option to proceed around an oak knoll (my original choice) or continue on the access lane.  A second fork in the road lets you choose between heading towards the lake or toward a crossing of the Mukwonago River and surrounding fen.  This was by far my favorite area to explore this past autumn.  Lesser fringed gentian, grass of Parnassus, and nodding lady’s tresses were abundant here.  Other species observed include purple false foxglove, kalm’s lobelia, and numerous goldenrod and aster species.  On future visits, I would like to explore the lake’s western and northern shores and perhaps take a kayak out for a new and different perspective.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 138
County Walworth & Waukesha
Natural Communities / Geology
 Lake, River, Bog, Calcareous Fen, Sedge Meadow, Oak Opening, Oak Woodland, Shrub-Carr, Prairie
Size (Acres)  1865
Parking Parking Areas (several)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot/Kayak
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR; The Nature Conservancy
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited 5.2.10 / 9.13.15

 

Walworth-Waukesha
Walworth & Waukesha Counties
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