Allen Creek Wetlands includes a complex of wetlands including sedge meadow, wet-mesic prairie, and fen. The natural area consists of two parcels, one of which is privately owned and closed to the public and the other which is DNR-owned and open to the public. I have visited only the former, but the directions given here are for the latter for obvious reasons. Park on the side of Star School Road 0.4 miles west of CTH K and walk south into the site. Visits to the privately-owned parcel are possible through field trips organized by conservation groups.
I visited this natural area as part of a great field trip through all of the natural communities: sedge meadow, fen, and wet-mesic prairie. It is striking to see the differences between the three and the results of groundwater and pH on the resident flora. A number of sedges that I am still working on ID’ing are found here as well as a range of rare and interesting plants including valerian, pale Indian plantain, violets, puccoons, swamp saxifrage, ragwort, and prairie blazing star. This is a true gem of a site and immense credit is due to the private landowners who invest their time and money in preserving this outstanding example of Wisconsin’s natural communities. I look forward to the chance to revisit this site many times in the future and watch the management progress as well as the seasonal changes.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Allen Creek Wetlands can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Sedge Meadow, Wet-Mesic Prairie, Fen|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Private, Wisconsin DNR|
|Dates Visited||7.12.11 / 5.18.13 / 5.28.16|