Nipissing Swamp (309/687)

Nipissing Swamp is a remnant from the time of the glaciers when a sandbar blocked the outlet of Glacial Lake Nipissing and turned the area into a lagoon.  Today, a northern hardwood swamp and sand dunes persist.  Found within the boundaries of Point Beach State Forest, the area can be accessed from the northeast by…

Cherney Maribel Caves (259/679)

Cherney Maribel Caves features a limestone bluff indented with what could loosely be described as caves (and more accurately referred to as cracks, crevices, and the like).  The natural area is found within the namesake park, located on the east side of CTH Z south of Cooperstown in northern Manitowoc County.  A large parking area…

Two Creeks Buried Forest (258/679)

Two Creeks Buried Forest features a unique record of Wisconsin’s glacial history in the extreme northeastern corner of Manitowoc County.  A parking area is located on the east side of the T-intersection of STH 42 and CTH BB.  Walk toward the lake and find a shallow place to amble down and see the profile of…

Wilderness Ridge, SNA (257/679)

Wilderness Ridge is a T-shaped area of forested ridges and wet swales marking former shorelines of Lake Michigan.  Located within Point Beach State Forest, the site is easily accessed from the parking area at the entrance station and following the trail south.  A GPS is recommended to know exactly when you are within the boundaries…

Point Beach Ridges (256/679)

Point Beach Ridges encompasses a series of 11 ridges and swales representing former shorelines of the Nippissing Great Lakes, a term for Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron which were all connected after the glaciers receeded but with much higher water levels than at present.  A small pull-off is located on the east side of CTH…

Woodland Dunes, SNA (255/679)

Woodland Dunes featuers a series of forested ridges and swales that represent former shorelines of Lake Michigan.  The site is owned by the Woodland Dunes Nature Center which has a headquarters/nature center building just north of the natural area on STH 310/Hawthorne Avenue.  Trails lead from the nature center north, but none head south into the…

VanderBloemen Bog (254/679)

VanderBloemen Bog features an open bog and hardwood swamp in Manitowoc County. Owned by Silver Lake College, this site requires permission from the College for visitation. Its location is not described by the DNR and will not be described here, though it is not difficult to find. My lasting memories of VanderBloemen Bog are the…

LTC Old Growth Forest (237/679)

LTC Old Growth Forest is a small remnant of old-growth northern mesic forest located on the campus of Lakeshore Technical College  in Manitowoc County.  The campus entrance is approximately 1/2 mile east of I-43 on CTH XX.  Park in the North parking area and walk east into the natural area.  Trails wind through the site….