Bass Hollow (198/675)

Bass Hollow encompasses a southern mesic forest amidst a cliff-lined coulee, or hollow, in southern Juneau County.  It is found on both sides of Cowan Road east of CTH K.  A parking area for the adjacent Bass Hollow County Park is found on the south side of Cowan Road.

I have visited Bass Hollow twice and still don’t think that I have seen all that it has to offer.  During the first visit, I explored north of Cowan Road, where I found spring ephemerals to be abundant on the gentle slope.  Violets, spring beauty, large-flowered bellwort, large-flowered trillium, and pussytoes were in abundance.  I cut my visit a bit shorter than I wanted as I began to hear gunshots.  I returned last spring and explored the southeastern portion.  The timing of this visit ended up being a bit too early for the bulk of the wildflower possibilities, but cabin fever had been setting in and it was great to get out and about again.  Sharp-lobed hepatica, bloodroot, spring beauty, and skunk cabbage were colorful puncuations throughout the brown detritus of last year’s growing season.  At the base of the hollow in this area, a stream gently flowed.  On my next visit, I plan to explore the hollow in the northeastern portion of the site.

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

Additional Information

SNA # 270
County Juneau
Natural Communities / Geology Southern Mesic Forest, Cliff, Stream
Size (Acres) 212
Parking Roadside, Parking Area (grass)
Trails Yes (partial)
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within


Dates Visited 5.20.11 / 4.18.15

Juneau County

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