Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest (250/679)

Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest features the only pine-oak forest in the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape of Wisconsin.  This natural area is easily reachable from a parking area on the north side of Dixie Avenue, east of STH 22.  A trail leads north a few hundred feet to the southeast corner of the site.  Note that this is much shorter than the 0.7 miles the DNR site describes.

Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest was my last stop of the day.  I found the forest to be a nice mixture of white pine, black oak, and red oak as expected.  The combination of the gloomy, less than photogenic weather and the late spring made this hike a bit less exciting than it should have been.  This forest should have had a nice groundlayer of spring ephemeral wildflowers, but there was little to be found on this day despite it already being May.  That reality, of course, makes this site one that I need to revisit again and while there I will walk all the way to the river along the northern boundary, which I did not attempt on this day.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 582
County Marquette
Natural Communities / Geology Pine-Oak Forest
Size (Acres) 142
Parking Parking Area
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within
Dates Visited 5.1.12

Marquette
Marquette County
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