Spaulding Fen (316/689)

Spaulding Fen is a beautiful, seemingly endless expanse of fen and sedge fen within the Jackson County Forest in central Wisconsin.  The site is located just south of STH 54 at its intersection with Spaulding Rd.  My access was via Lone Pine Rd on the west side of the natural area.  As with previous posts…

Deer Island (315/689)

Deer Island in the Jackson County Forest contains the rare maple swamp natural community.  It is located amidst sandy, backcountry roads and cranberry bogs more or less right along Deer Island Rd south of City Point. My friend and I continued our tour of Jackson County SNA’s with a stop at 2 of the 4…

Bear Bluff (314/689)

Bear Bluff features a mixture of wet and dry forests and open wetlands in the Jackson County Forest.  Situated within the basin of the former Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Bear Bluff can be accessed via Goodyear Road north of CTH HH.  Note that at the time of my visit in 2013, this stretch of road was…

Castle Mound Pine Forest (294/681)

Castle Mound Pine Forest is a forested butte rising nearly 200 feet above the surrounding landscape.  Found within the Black River State Forest, access is easy from the Castle Mound Campground unit of the forest on USH 12 south of Black River Falls.  Park in the picnic parking area. Trails wind up and around the…

Catfish Eddy Terraces (293/681)

Catfish Eddy Terraces is comprised of northern dry-mesic forest and various gorges and wet terrain along the eastern bank of the Black River in Jackson County.  There are no trails or parking areas here, so I found it easiest to park along Clinton Road and walk approximately 1/3 mile west into the natural area. After…

Bauer Brockway Barrens (292/681)

Bauer Brockway Barrens features dry prairie and barrens natural communities in a rectangular parcel of land in the Jackson County Forest in the central portion of the county.  North Brockway Road runs along the site’s eastern border and  West Bauer Road bisects the site from west to east.  Parking ares are found near the northeastern…

Brockway Ponds (291/681)

Brockway Ponds consists of 5 separate ponds and associated wetlands within the Jackson County Forest.  The ponds can be reached via Funmaker Road, just south of STH 54.  From there, sandy trails, more or less, lead to the ponds. On my visit, water covered the road adjacent to the northernmost pond, which precluded access to…

Upper Black River (290/681)

Upper Black River features a variety of natural communities along stretches of the Black River and a few of its tributaries.  Floodplain forest, mesic forest, and dripping cliffs line these waterways.  As one would expect with a property this large containing several parcels, there are numerous ways to access it.  A DNR parking area and…

East Fork of the Black River (289/681)

East Fork of the Black River features one of the longest stretches of undeveloped river in the state and a ridge and swale complex with alternating bands of northern dry-mesic forest and a variety of wetlands.  This site is directly adjacent to yesterday’s blog post, Arbutus Oaks, and the same parking area at the end…