Aurora Lake, SNA #127 (163/675)

Aurora Lake features, well, Aurora Lake surrounded by a northern wet forest.  The lake is known for its wild rice population.  Access is via a boat launch at the end of Aurora Lake Road.

This visit was a rather abbreviated one for a couple of reasons.  One: no kayak with which to explore the lake.  Two:  the overcast skies turned into a steady drizzle, which is not particulary great for taking photographs.  I really would like to return to this site soon to take the kayak out for a spin and explore the floating bog mat on the north side of the lake.  Additionally, when I was here in mid-2010, the site was 250 acres.  Since that time, the natural area has more than tripled in area to 831 acres.  As such, there is definitely a lot more area to explore than there was before.  The area now contains Franklin Lake to the northwest as well as some associated wetlands in between, certainly tempting for new adventures.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 127
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology Lake, Northern Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 831
Parking Boat Launch
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Kayak, Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within
Dates Visited 7.4.10

Vilas County

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