Germania Wet Prairie (276/681)

Germania Wet Prairie includes a wet to wet-mesic prairie with sedge-meadow- and fen-like areas in central Marquette County, just north of the subject of yesterday’s blog entry, Comstock B0g-Meadow.  A DNR parking area is found east of Eagle Road and is accessible via an access lane just north of the intersection of Eagle Road and…

Comstock Bog-Meadow (275/681)

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…

Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest (250/679)

Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest features the only pine-oak forest in the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape of Wisconsin.  This natural area is easily reachable from a parking area on the north side of Dixie Avenue, east of STH 22.  A trail leads north a few hundred feet to the southeast corner of the site.  Note that…

Wedde Creek Savanna (249/679)

Wedde Creek Savanna features an oak savanna located in northern Marquette County.  The site is easily accessed from a parking area on the south side of Deerborn Avenue, just east of CTH Y.  There are no trails, but the open landscape is easy to explore. Though the rain had abated by the time I reached…

Upper Fox Headwaters (245/679)

Upper Fox Headwaters is comprised of a wide array of natural communities in 5 parcels of land divided amongst 3 units spanning 9 miles, 2 counties, and a total of 195 acres.  The Upper Chaffee Creek Meadow unit (formerly known as the Chaffee Creek unit) is accessible from a wayside off of southbound I-39/USH 51…

Page Creek Marsh, SNA #330 (159/675)

Page Creek Marsh features a variety of wetland natural communities surrounding Page Creek in central Marquette County.  A parking area for the largest of three parcels is located off of CTH K, southwest of Montello.  From there, a trail leads through the forest and to the creek.  The remaining two parcels involve roadside parking. Page…

Summerton Bog, SNA #42 (158/675)

Summerton Bog contains a mixture of wetland communities including bog, fen, and sedge meadow northwest of Endeavor.  A parking area is located off of Freedom Road on the west side of the natural area. This is another site that requires a more detailed exploration in the near future.  Here, the weather precluded any significant exploration,…

Muir Park, SNA #96 (153/675)

Muir Park features a variety of natural communities within the boundaries of Muir County Park in Marquette County.  A parking area and boat ramp are available off of Fox River Road.  The Ice Age Trail forms a loop around Ennis Lake. The prairie was in full force during my mid-June visit.  Butterfly milkweed, spiderwort, prairie…

Observatory Hill, SNA #223 (152/675)

Observatory Hill is an rock outcropping rising 300 feet above the surrounding landscape and forming the highest point in Marquette County.  A parking area is found on Gillette Avenue and a trail winds from there to the summit.  The trail can be uneven in some places with exposed rock and tree roots. Observatory Hill presents some…