Plum Lake Hemlock Forest, SNA #26 (162/675)

Plum Lake Hemlock Forest features an old-growth forest wedged between Plum, Star, and Razorback Lakes.  A separate island parcel is found within Plum Lake.  Accesss is either form the east via Hook Road or from the west via Rearing Pond Road.

This is one of those sites that I don’t have a great recollection of the particulars of my access route.  I’m fairly sure I came in from the east via Hook Road, which ended in a gravel cul-de-sac of sorts.  From that point, there was a trail that may have stayed close to that eastern boundary before dead-ending at a wetland.  After that, I ambled about the forest for a while, up and down over the rolling topography.  It is places like this that one imagines trolls call home, with various depressions and exposed roots.  This is a large property and there remains much to explore.  I think on my next visit I will try approaching from the west and who knows, maybe bring the kayak along and venture out to the island.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Plum Lake Hemlock Forest can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 26
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology Lake, Northern Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 747
Parking Boat Launch
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot, Kayak
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within
Dates Visited 7.4.10

Vilas
Vilas County
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