Comstock Bog-Meadow features a large sedge meadow and marsh with bog vegetation in some areas and is located in central Marquette County, north of Montello. There are several access points to the property including parking areas off of CTH J and Edgewood Avenue.
On my first visit, I followed the access lane east from CTH J. The DNR says there is a parking area there and in this case, I cannot recall if there truly is. I recall an arduous walk through rings of forest and marsh. In any case, I would recommend using the parking area on Edgewood Avenue to the east, from which access to the main portion of the site is much easier, though not without pitfalls. Be on the lookout for poison sumac as you approach the core of the natural area which becomes more scattered as you make your way further in. Put simply, this is a wonderful natural area. Bog vegetation without the bog, in a way. Pitcher plant, Kalm’s lobelia, and nodding lady’s tresses were all abundant in late summer. Shrubby cinquefoil and spotted joe-pye weed were noted as well. Rubber boots were of benefit as this site for the occasionally unpredictable wet depression. The meadow seemed to stretch the horizon for days and certainly warrants multiple additional visits, particularlly in the late spring/early summer timeframe. I greatly look forward to those opportunities. Comstock Bog-Meadow has a firm place in my top 10 SNA’s.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Comstock Bog-Meadow can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Sedge Meadow, Marsh|
|Parking||Parking Areas (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Dates Visited||8.19.12 / 8.21.16|