Mukwonago River, SNA #417 (123/675)

Mukwonago River is as it sounds.  This site features an approximately 0.6 mile stretch of the Mukwonago River north of its confluence with the Fox River.  A park-and-ride lot is located on Holz Parkway, just north of STH 83.

The Mukwonago River is known as a clear-flowing, exceptionally diverse stream.  Categorized as an Exceptional Resource Water, it is home to many species of fish and mussels.  Sans rubber boots, I was left to wander along the southern shoreline.  A few mussel shells were visible in the rather shallow water.  One certanly could kayak the river in this area, though there is not an overly close boat ramp.  I found it reassuring to find such a wonderful stretch of river surrouned by the city of Mukwonago and the interstate.  It is great to see that the site has not been developed into condos or paved over for a parking lot.  I would not mind a return visit here to explore the mussels a bit more.  Perhaps with an ID guide, I would be able to pick out a few of the 16 mussel species found here.  If you are looking for a small natural oasis in an otherwise urban jungle, stop by the river for a natural respite.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 417
County Waukesha
Natural Communities / Geology River
Size (Acres) 43
Parking Park-and-Ride Lot
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited  5.29.10

Waukesha County

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