Alvin Creek Headwaters (306/687)

Alvin Creek Headwaters encompasses several natural communities centered around, appropriately enough, Alvin Creek and its headwaters in north-central Forest County.  The site lies southwest of the intersection of STH 70 and STH 55.  Access can be made directly from west on FR 2175 and from the east on FR 2427.  Both lightly traveled (and lightly…

Upper Buckatabon Springs (302/687)

Upper Buckatabon Springs encompasses a variety of wetland habitats including springs, ponds, alder thickets, northern sedge meadow, fen, and tamarack swamp across two parcels in central Vilas County. Access to the western parcel is available directly from CTH K on the south side or 3 Springs Road on the west side.  The eastern parcel appears…

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…

Kickapoo Valley Reserve, SNA #354 (149/675)

Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a massive property containing a range of forest types, as well as sedge meadow, shrub0-carr, alder thicket, swamp, sandstone cliffs, and the Kickapoo River.  Located adjacent to Wildcat Mountain State Park, the natural area is accessible via numerous roads and highways that course through it.  A few trailheads have parking areas…

Toft Point, SNA #57 (115/675)

Toft Point contains a wide range of natural communities on a peninsula between Moonlight Bay and Baileys Harbor.  To reach the site, take the access lane off of Ridges Road, about 1.5 miles east of the intersection of STH 57 and Ridges Road.  A parking area and trailhead can be found there.  Alternatively, continue on…

Echo Lake, SNA #445 (73/674)

Echo Lake SNA is composed of several wetland ecosystems: bog, northern wet forest, alder thicket, cedar swamp, and of course, the lake itself.  Reaching the site is fairly easy via FR2460 off of which there is a small parking area.  Trails emanate from here and lead towards the lake. Visiting Echo Lake was my last…

Hulburt Creek Woods, SNA #371 (47/674)

Hulburt Creek Woods is comprised of 3 separate, though nearby, parcels within the Hulburt Creek Fishery Area in Sauk County.  The creek is a picturesque trout stream winding through northern and southern dry-mesic forests and areas with sandstone cliffs and alder thickets.  I have visited the easatern and western parcels so far.  The western parcel…