Lauterman Lake encompasses rolling terrain, a mesic hardwood forest, lakes, creeks, and a braided esker system in northern Florence County. The site can be reached via parking areas on Brule River Road (FR 2154) to the east of the namesake lake and FR 2553 to the west; both are just south of STH 70. Note that a National Forest pass is required.
A trail leads from the eastern parking area across rolling topography toward the northern end of Lauterman Lake. The forest was serene as the narrow path wandered through the rather undeveloped groundlayer. The trail dumps out right at the northern edge of the lake, though exploration of the shore area depends on how wet you would like your feet to get. I also proceeded further south on FR 2154 to the point where Lauterman Creek crosses the road. The brilliant blues of the sky and water were in full force on this summer day. The largesse of this site and subsequent review for this blog post has prompted me to add this to my list of sites to revisit. In particular, I would like to approach the site from the southwest near Little Porcupine Lake, which looks to have an interesting peripheral natural community along with the braided esker system to it south.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Lauterman Lake can be viewed here.
Just under 400 more blog posts to go! Well, actually a few more than that remain; counting SNA’s delisted since I started and a few SNA’s to be designated, the current total is 689, though hopefully, that will increase!
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|Natural Communities / Geology||Northern Mesic Forest, Lake, Esker|
|Parking||Parking Area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||US Forest Service; More info: Wisconsin DNR|
|Located Within||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest|