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
Vilas County
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