Lawrence Creek, SNA #70 (156/675)

Lawrence Creek’s focal point is, wait for it, Lawrence Creek.  Several other natural communities are present including mixed forest, sedge meadow, and degraded land slated for restoration to prairie.  The natural area is divided into two parcels, one each in Adams and Marquette Counties.  Several parking areas are scattered around the periphery of the Lawrence Creek Fish & Wildlife Area property, though the easiest to use to reach the natural area are on Eagle Avenue for the Marquette County parcel and where Eagle Avenue becomes 2nd Avenue in Adams County.

This is an interesting site with great potential.  Lawrence Creek itself is a trout stream with a variety of plant species in and around it.  I first explored the creek area in the eastern parcel and once I reached the water, found the going to be not the easiest with waist-high vegetation on a particulary damp morning.  More recently, I explored the western parcel as part of a field trip.  The surrounding land is a mixture of forest types with pockets of sedge meadow in former kettle depressions.  The forest is slated for a selective timber harvest to remove the more undesirable species and open up the canopy a bit.  Additionally, there a large piece of sandy land at the southwest corner of this parcel, which is gradually being restored to prairie.  I’ll return here in some time to see how the progress is going.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 70
County Adams / Marquette
Natural Communities / Geology Creek, Trout Stream
Size (Acres) 288
Parking Parking Areas (gravel)
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Lawrence Creek Fish and Wildlife Area
Dates Visited 6.27.10 / 6.13.15

Adams & Marquette Counties

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