Kewaskum Maple-Oak Woods, SNA #135 (94/674)

Kewaskum Maple-Oak Woods features southern mesic and southern dry-mesic forests split between two parcels located southeast of Kewaskum.  A parking area is located on South Mill Road from which a snowmobile trail heads west and bisects the non-SNA land between the two parcels.

I have visited Kewaskum Maple-Oak Woods twice and am not very happy with either trip.  The first one was in early May and I was beginning to enjoy the ephemeral wildflowers in the southern parcel when I heard gunshots.  Now, I have come to realize in my travels that this is not all that uncommon when exploring state lands, but this was probably the first time.  Lighting was not great, I was wearing brown, and so I decided to get out of there quickly.  I returned nearly two years later in late April.  On that occasion, it was late in the day, lighting was worse than before, and it was too early in the season for much to be in bloom, save for the sharp-lobed hepatica.  I intend to return to this site sometime in the May-June timeframe, hopefully on a bright, sunny day!

More of my photos (and full-res) from Kettle Hole Woods can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 135
County Washington
Natural Communities / Geology
Southern Mesic Forest, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Kettle
Size (Acres) 41
Parking Parking Area (gravel)
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit
Dates Visited 5.9.10 / 4.30.11

Washington County

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