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…

Arbutus Oaks (288/681)

Arbutus Oaks features a southern dry-mesic forest with stately oaks and white pine as well as a swamp on the border of southern Clark County and northern Jackson County within the Black River State Forest.  Campground Road leads to a large parking area near Lake Arbutus with Arbutus Oaks SNA to the west and the…

Yellow River Oxbows (287/681)

Yellow River Oxbows features a floodplain forest around the meandering Yellow River and its oxbows and sloughs in central Juneau County.  A parking area is located on the west side of 17th Avenue midway between 28th Street and 30th Street just northwest of Buckhorn State Park.  From the parking area, a primitive trail leads toward…

Necedah Oak-Pine Forest (286/681)

Necedah Oak-Pine Forest is described as featuring an almost-closed forest, but more closely resembles a savanna.  Located approximately 5 miles southeast of Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna, this site can be reached by taking Speedway Road east 3/4 mile from STH 80.  The site is found at the intersection of Speedway Road and 10th Avenue, both gravel…

Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna (285/681)

Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna includes barrens and northern dry forest communities within the confines of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in northern Juneau County and is one of two SNA’s within the refuge.  The site, southwest of the Sprague-Mather Flowage, is most easily accessed via Bewick Trail, a gravel road.  Note that some Refuge roads are…

Cranberry Creek Mound Group (284/681)

Cranberry Creek Mound Group features one of the best complexes of Native American effigy mounds in the Midwest and one of the best archeological sites in the state.  Found in northeastern Juneau County, this natural area is bound by 7th and 8th Streets on the north and south, respectively, and 16th Avenue on the east….

Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie (283/681)

Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie features two drumlins that contain dry prairie remnants in eastern Dane County.  Located just south of CTH PQ (also known as Prairie Queen Road) and east of STH 73 on Clearview Road, there is a small gravel parking area on the west side of the road.  From that point, an access lane…

Eagle Eye (282/681)

Eagle Eye, so named for a slit in the rocky ridge, features a mosaic of natural communities including dry prairie remnants, oak woodland, oak savnna, and a trout stream, all occurring on a narrow, curving ridge that rises 250 feet above the surrounding landscape in eastern Vernon county, northwest of Viroqua.  The site is located…

Lawrence Prairie (281/681)

Lawrence Prairie comprises a dry-prairie primarily preserved for its population of a rare animal.  Access is restricted and as such, the location will not be described here. I was fortunate to be able to visit this site as part of DNR volunteer work days.  While there, our focus was on removing trash, accumulated in the…

Lost Canoe (280/681)

Lost Canoe includes a nice array of natural communities including northern mesic and dry-mesic forests, fen, and several lakes southwest of Boulder Junction in central Vilas County.  A parking area and trailhead are found on the north side of Nebish Lake Road west of Starrett Road.  A total of 11 miles of trails loop around…