Suk Cerney Peatlands (311/687)

Suk Cerney Peatlands is a massive complex of meadow, bog, swamp, and pine barrens covering over 3600 acres (11th largest SNA) in Juneau County’s Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area.  The site is located west of Necedah and can be reached by taking North 6th Avenue north from CTH H to Bewick Trail which runs along the southeastern and eastern border of the natural area.  Bewick Trail is a gravel road (though I don’t recall it being particularly rough) and there is enough room for cars to pull off the road just north of the point where Bewick Trail turns north.

As noted, this is an absolutely huge site and one that I am eager to explore with more free time in hand.  On this visit, I walked in along what appeared to be an old logging road/possible current DNR access road.  This area was rather dry and devoid of significant interesting flowering species.  It did however, feature a bevy of Odanata and Leptidoptera and the state Special Concern Species, Viginia Meadow Beauty (Rhexia virginica), a species restricted to the bed of Glacial Lake Wisconsin.  On my next visit, I hope to check out several additional starting points for exploration of this natural area.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Suk Cerney Peatlands 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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Additional Information

SNA # 575
County Juneau
Natural Communities / Geology Meadow, Bog, Conifer Swamp, Pine Barrens, Peatland
Size (Acres) 3610
Parking Parking Area (road pull-off)
Trails No (DNR Access roads)
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area
Dates Visited 8.17.13

Juneau County



One Comment Add yours

  1. Karen Wright says:

    I just found this information on the Suk Cerney Peatlands. I’ve been researching our family tree and my mother is a Suk and her cousins are Cerney’s – so, I’m wondering if they are related and how this Pealands got their name? Do you have any information that might tell me that? Thank you.


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