Papoose Creek Pines includes dry and dry-mesic forests of red and white pine along a stretch of Papoose Creek in northwestern Vilas County. The site is located on both sides of CTH K. I would recommend parking on Red Feather Road near the southwestern corner of the site or Manitou Park or Clear Lake Roads near the southeastern corner. CTH K lacks much of a shoulder and is decently traveled, so parking there is somewhat dicey.
When I visited Papoose Creek Pines, it seemed to be in the midst of a timber sale. The DNR will often organize the sale of select trees within lands it owns for both the purposes of generating revenue for future work on the site as well as using it as a management tool. Unfortunately, sites with a recent timber sale often look very ragged with cut logs all about and temporary access roads made throughout in order to access the timber. The highlight of this natural area are the large red and white pines. Papoose Creek flows near the northern boundary and is scenic enough for a few photos. This site is not high on my list to revisit, but it is worth another look for me if I am in the area.
*You may have noticed that the number of SNA’s has increased to 681, as shown in the title of this post. Two SNA’s were recently designated by the DNR, but information on these new sites is not yet available on the web.*
More of my photos (and full-res) from Papoose Creek Pines can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Dry-Mesic Forest, Dry Forest|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
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