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…

Neda Mine (279/681)

Neda Mine is an abandoned iron ore mine, the collapsed tunnels and shafts of which, now serve as bat habitat.  Located in Dodge County, the location of Neda Mine will not be disclosed here as it is a sensitive site and not open to the public. I was fortunate to visit this site as part…

White River Sedge Meadow (278/681)

White River Sedge Meadow encompasses the largest southern sedge meadow in Wisconsin.  Located just one mile south-southeast of White River Prairie/Tamaracks and also a part of the larger White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, this natural area can be accesses by numerous parking areas scattered around its perimeter.  The most direct access is from parking…

White River Prairie / Tamaracks (277/681)

White River Prairie/Tamaracks features sizable wet prairie and tamarack bog communities along the White River in northwestern Green County west of Berlin.  Found within the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, there are ample parking areas in the general vicinity.  The two nearest this natural area are located on the south side of CTH E…

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…

Bohn Lake (274/681)

Bohn Lake features the fluctuating water levels of its namesake lake, a remnant of a glacial tunnel channel formed millenia ago.  Found in west-central Waushara County, this site is easily accessed via the Ice Age Trail.  A parking area is located on the east side of CTH B, approximately 1 mile south of CTH V….

Johnson Lake Barrens & Springs (273/681)

Johnson Lake Barrens & Springs features a large expanse of barrens, lakes, springs, creeks, and sedge meadows in north-central Vilas County.  The site can be reached via several access roads south of CTH B.  I do not recall my route back in 2012, but last year I took High Lake Road south from CTH B…

Papoose Creek Pines (272/681)

Papoose Creek Pines includes dry and dry-mesic forests of red and white pine along a stretch of Papoose Creek in northwestern Vilas County.  The site is located on both sides  of CTH K.  I would recommend parking on Red Feather Road near the southwestern corner of the site or Manitou Park or Clear Lake Roads…