Beaver Creek (189/675)

Beaver Creek State Natural Area is the prototypical State Natural Area found in Northern Wisconsin.  It contains northern wet forest, northern dry-mesic forest, open bog, and a creek located just northwest of Eagle River in Vilas County.  The most direct access is via Forest Road 2178 along the northern boundary of the site, with additional access potentially available from Forest Roads 2470 or 2199.

When Beaver Creek came up in the order of SNAs to write about, I recall not being happy with the quality of my original visit and shelving it until I had the chance to complete a more substantive one.  Almost 4 years later, I returned to the site, but had not had the chance to circle back to writing the post until now.  Even with all of that said, I still would like to make a deeper trek into the woods here with an eye toward the boggy area in the southern portion of the site and the open wetlands along the northern reaches of Beaver Creek.  A visit in late May-early June may allow for more optimal timing for blooms as well.  As it was, the mossy hummocks are always a photographic treat for me and I look forward to returning.

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

Just under 400 more blog posts to go!  Well, actually a few more than that remain; counting SNA’s delisted since I started and a few SNA’s to be designated, the current total is nearly 700, though hopefully, that will increase!

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Additional Information

SNA # 478
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology Open Bog, Northern Wet Forest, Northern Dry-Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 697
Parking Roadside
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Dates Visited 9.5.10, 5.13.17



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