Oakfield Ledge, SNA #190 (175/675)

Oakfield Ledge features a substantial exposure of the Niagara Escarpment in southern Fond du Lac County, south of Oakfield.  Two parcels, each with their own parking area, are accessible form CTH Y and Breakneck Road, respectively.

I have visited the southern parcel twice.  A trail leads from the parking area along the edge of the ledge.  Though the ledge is approximately 40-feet tall, there is little to speak of in terms of breathtaking vistas.  Instead, you are treated to eye-level views of treetops.  But that is not the point of this site anyway.  I always marvel at the exposure of the Niagara Escarpment, a 650-mile long ridge that runs from Waukesha County through Door County into Canada and then back to the US in New York.  Previous blog posts featuring the Niagara Escarpment include Ellison Bluff and Bayshore Blufflands.  Those and future Escarpment posts can be found by clicking on the ‘Niagara Escarpment’ tag near the bottom of this post.  The rock here is jagged and broken with numerous nooks, crannies, crevices, and steep dropoffs.  I would like to return here for a couple of reasons.  First, I would like to explore the crevices more deeply (pun intended) as well as the forest at the base of the ledge.  Secondly, I would like to visit the northern parcel to see how it compares.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 190
County Fond du Lac
Natural Communities / Geology Cliff, Niagara Escarpment
Size (Acres) 211
Parking Parking Areas (gravel)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited 7.18.10 / 8.21.10

Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac County
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