Coffey Swamp features a seepage pond surrounded by a fen and northern wet-mesic forest on Washington Island in Door County. As mentioned in prevous posts on Detroit Harbor and Jackson Harbor Ridges, the most common access to the island is via ferry. This natural area consists of two parcels, one of which is found along Jackson Harbor Road, less than 2 miles away from Jackson Harbor Ridges. Park along the road.
Of course, the most interesting portion of this natural area is in a parcel inaccessible to the general public. The pond and fen are both found in the northern parcel which is surrounded by other privately owned land. The southern parcel, along the road, consists of an old field that is being let go to return to forest eventually grading into a northern wet-mesic forest. Here are many downed trees, moss covered rocks, and ferns with scattered pockets of standing water. I would not recommend this site as a must-see for the reasons outlined above. Hopefully, someday the other parcel is more accessible.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Coffey Swamp can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Pond, Fen, Northern Wet-Mesic Forest|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|