Kickapoo Wild Woods encompasses forest types ranging from dry to mesic and floodplain strecthing from ridgetops down to the Kickapoo River 350 feet below. The site is comprised of two parcels north of Wauzeka with parking areas available from STH 131 and Badger Lane.
Well, the rain that had begun at my previous stop, Wauzeka Bottoms, became much heavier as I ambled about the forested slopes of Kickapoo Wild Woods. Most of my time was spent in the eatern side of the western parcel, where a veritable carpet of great waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiulatum), a species of Special Concern in Wisconsin, provided quite the visual spectacle on this otherwise dreary day. Perhaps this flower was the perfect species for a day like today, with its understated, dulcet colors providing just the right amount of colorful accent amidst the gray, low-hanging clouds. I only wish that a bit more light was available for photographic purposes, but Mother Nature does not typically take requests. I look forward to the chance to explore this site on a slightly sunnier occasion.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Kickapoo Wild Woods can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Southern Dry Forest, Southern Mesic Forest, Southern Wet-Mesic Forest, Floodplain Forest, River|
|Parking||Parking Areas (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Kickapoo River Wildlife Area|