Beulah Bog encompasses two bog lakes surrounded by a northern wet forest in northeastern Walworth County. A parking area is located on Stringers Bridge Road, south of CTH J. From there, a trail leads east over undulating glacial terrain before turning south to reach a boardwalk, which in turn leads to one of the bog lakes.
When I first visited Beulah Bog in 2010, the boardwalk was in disrepair and I could only travel a few feet before being turned back by water over the top of my rubber boots. I returned twice late this past summer and was not disappointed. Tamaracks abound around the bog lake with the red and green hues of spagnum moss beneath. Pitcher plants, narrow-leaved sundews, and small bladderworts were abundant on the bog mat or along its edge in the case of the latter. All three of those species are insectivorous and three additional insectivorous speces are known to be found here. As this is in my top 10 SNA’s visited, I plan to visit many more times and find those additional species. There are several species of sundews and bladderworts so it is just a matter of finding which ones are present here. Beulah is a very interesting site for the presence of many species more typical of northern bogs, so it offers a little taste of “up north” without traveling that far for me. A site like Beulah can’t truly be adquately explained by words, or even photographs, so a trip there is the only way to experience it deeply. Another reason for me to return is to explore the western bog and bog lake. The trail to that bog is less developed than the eastern bog, but it surely holds much natural beauty to behold. Perhaps next month it will already be time to return…
More of my photos (and full-res) from Beulah Bog can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Bog, Northern Wet Forest, Lake|
|Parking||Parking Area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Dates Visited||7.17.10 / 7.19.15 / 9.13.15|