Lima Bog features one of the largest bogs in southern Wisconsin with flora more characteristic of the northern portion of the state. There is a parking area on East Bowers Lake Road south of the site from which a very uneven jaunt through a forested and rocky divide between two agricultural fields awaits you. Then, wind your way through the forest to the edge of the marsh. I would recommend rubber boots at a minimum. An alternate access is available from the west side of the site but there is no parking there and I have not tried this approach.
Poison sumac. Those two words some up this site so far for me. I have designs on visiting it again and reaching the heart of the bog, but I have yet to figure out a plausible way to do so. I have attempted two different angles of approach from the forest through the marsh to the wet forest and have not been able to find a navigable route through minefield of poison sumac. This wet forest is very beautiful, in my opinion, with tall tamacks, arrowhead, marsh bellflower, bittersweet nightshade, and spotted Joe-pye weed around. The terrain is wet, as the term ‘wet forest’ would suggest and uneven, which makes holding onto nearby branches and trees for balance a must at times. Adding to that, in most places one must ‘thread the needle’ to through poison sumac surrounding you from seemingly all angles in order to make any tangible progress toward your goal. I am currently contemplating alternative routes through this jungle as well as wearing extra discardable layers. Hopefully, late spring or early summer will arrive with a solid plan of attack in place.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Lima Bog can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Bog, Northern Wet Forest|
|Parking||Parking Area, Roadside|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Lima Marsh Wildlife Area|
|Dates Visited||5.31.10 / 7.19.15|