Haymeadow Creek encompasses nearly 1000 acres within the Chequameon-Nicolet National Forest in eastern Vilas County. The creek courses through a meadow surrounded by northern wet and dry forested lands. Access is available from numerous roads including Blong Road, FS 2567, and CTH E. All except the later are gravel roads and all involve parking on the side of the road. I cannot attest to the condition of the roads or suitability for parking aside from Blong Road where I started my explorations.
Haymeadow Creek is somewhat of a misnomer for the site. Though the creek flows through it, the bulk of the natural area is contained in the meadow and forests surrounding the creek. That said, the creek certainly is picturesque and provided nice photographic opportunities on the sunny late summer day for which I was there. I would have liked to explore the meadow around the creek further, but was turne back by very wet conditions. In the forested area, tall pines rose majestically toward the sky. I know I will be back in this area in the future and I look foward to the chance to explore this site in greater detail.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Haymeadow Creek can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Creek, Meadow, Northern Wet Forest, Northern Dry Forest|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot/Kayak|
|Ownership||US Forest Service; More info: Wisconsin DNR|
|Located Within||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest|