Mud Lake features a shallow drainage lake surrounded by a sedge meadow. It is one of 6 SNA’s with ‘Mud Lake’ in the name and one of 2 SNA’s with 3 owners. There is room to park at dead-ends on Lime Kiln and Birch Roads, on the north and east sides of the site, respectively. The latter is certainly a much easier approach with a wide trail leading to the lake.
This visit was at the end of a long day. Light was dwindling and there was little of great excitement in and around the shore of the lake. The trail from the dead-end on Birch Road wound its way through a few trees and along an old filed before cutting through a bit of the sedge meadow and approaching the lake. I would put this site on my list to revisit to hopefully catch things at a more floralistically interesting time. It is adjacent to North Bay and The Ridges Sanctuary as well, which put together would make a nice collection of sites to visit.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Mud Lake can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Lake, Northern Sedge Meadow|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||The Nature Conservancy; Wisconsin DNR; Private|
|Located Within||Mud Lake State Wildlife Area|