Northeast Coulee Oak Woodland, SNA #597 (231/679)

Northeast Coulee Oak Woodland comprises a southern dry-mesic forest on a north-facing slope within the Coulee Experimental Forest in La Crosse County.  It is directly adjacent to the north boundary of the Billy Goat Ridge unit of Berg Prairie & Billy Goat Ridge SNA.  I reached this site by continuing north through the latter natural area and down the slope into this one.  Park on Russian Coulee Road and walk north to visit these two natural areas.

This was the last stop of the day with a drive to Perot State Park and setting up the tent still ahead of me and as such, my visit here was shorter than I would have liked.  Beneath the canopy, light was tough to come by which made for difficult photographic conditions, so I would like to return here at a more sun-infused time of day.  As mentioned in the previous post, the route here is not an easy one.  It is certain a thorny, viny, and tricky to navigate throug the shrubbery.  Once onto Billy Goat Ridge, it becomes much easier as the woodland is farily open as the slope descends.  Spring and fall would likely be great times to visit this site, when the potential spring ephemeral wildlfowers and the subdued hues of autumn await.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Northeast Coulee Oak Woodland can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 597
County La Crosse
Natural Communities / Geology Southern Dry-Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 287
Parking Roadside
Trails No
Easy to Find No
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Coulee Experimental Forest
Dates Visited 7.29.11

La Crosse
La Crosse County
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