Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, SNA #88 (120/675)

Kettle Moraine Low Prairie features an array of prairie types with upland islands near Eagle in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  There is an access lane and parking area located north of Eagle on the west side of STH 67 (Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive).  Beyond the parking area, the access lane continues but is gated.  The lane can serve as a trail of sorts.  Additionally, the Ice Age Trail skirts the southern boundary of this natural area briefly crossing at one point.  An alternative access would be to park on Wilton Road and hike the IAT north into the SNA.

Depending on what season you go and which portion of the SNA that you venture into, it may or may not be wet.  I have not found the need for anything beyond hiking boots, but your mileage may vary as they say.  In late May, I found an abundance of blue flag, wild geranium, and dwarf prairie rose.  Returning in August several years later revealed a sea of prairie blazing star, prairie dock, and goldenrods.  I would like to return here so that I can adquately explore all portions of this beautiful site.  The prairie stretched out beneath vibrant blue sky and it seemed to go on forever, a reminder of what once was.  I may try the aforementioned approach from the south via the IAT, which allows for a shorter hike to reach that portion of the site than the original route.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Kettle Moraine Low Prairie can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 88
County Waukesha
Natural Communities / Geology  Wet Prairie, Wet-Mesic Prairie, Oak Opening, Dry-Mesic Prairie
Size (Acres)  250
Parking Parking Lot (gravel)
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit
Dates Visited  5.29.10 / 8.22.15

Waukesha
Waukesha County
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