Kentuck Lake, SNA #442 (187/675)

Kentuck Lake (note: that spelling is correct; there is no ‘y’ at the end of ‘Kentuck’) encompasses two long, sandy ridges and the swale in between them on the north shore of the lake.  Found within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in far southeastern Vilas County, one can reach the site by heading north from STH 70 on Divide Road and Robinson Lake Road to Turtle Lane East which ends in a boat launch, parking area, and trailhead.  I do not recall if the roads are gravel, but odds are that they are, so drive accordingly.

From the parking area, we headed along the trail to see what we could see.  Along this route, there were areas of typical dry forest and other wetter areas with accompanying carpets of sphagnum moss.  A clear stream crossed the trail at one point and continued on its way to the lake.  I did not venture off trail here, focusing instead on the shoreline of the lake which looked particulary photogenic on this day.  As it was early September at the time of this visit, there was little observed in terms of blooming species.  I would like to return at some point and explore the ridges and swale area in greater detail as those are the focal point of the site.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 442
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology Lake, Forest
Size (Acres) 291
Parking Parking Area (paved)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership US Forest Service; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Dates Visited  9.5.10

Vilas County

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