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.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Northern Wet-Mesic Forest|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
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