Trout Lake Conifer Swamp, SNA #21 (220/675)

Trout Lake Conifer Swamp is a small, northern wet-mesic forest on a carpet of sphagnum moss found northeast of Woodruff in Vilas County.  It is part of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and can be reached via CTH N to Perch Lane, just northeast of the intersection of CTH M and CTH N.

A general wariness of bears is a good thing to maintain when exploring Wisconsin, particularly, though not exclusively in the northern half of the state.  When the description of a natural area you are visiting explicity mentions bears, a more palpable nervousness is revealed.  Being alone on this adventure, I did not feel comfortable spending as much time as I would have liked here.  The forest had a very Jurassic Park-feel to it with a mossy green carpet, bountiful ferns, and seemingly a myriad of vibrant green hues.  This natural area is high on my revisit list, potentially in the next couple of weeks.  Bears beware!

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

Additional Information

SNA # 21
County Vilas
Natural Communities / Geology Northern Wet-Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 22
Parking Roadside
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within
Dates Visited 7.3.11

Vilas County
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