Suk Cerney Peatlands (311/687)

Suk Cerney Peatlands is a massive complex of meadow, bog, swamp, and pine barrens covering over 3600 acres (11th largest SNA) in Juneau County’s Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area.  The site is located west of Necedah and can be reached by taking North 6th Avenue north from CTH H to Bewick Trail which runs along…

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…

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…

Van Vliet Hemlocks (271/679)

Van Vliet Hemlocks is a newer SNA and features an old-growth hemlock forest with a smattering of bog lakes, fen, kettle depressions, and other wetlands.  The larger of two parcels is found on the east side of Van Vliet and Averill Lakes.  The DNR describes a parking area at the end of East Van Vliet…

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…

Rhine Center Bog (252/679)

Rhine Center Bog includes a bog lake surrounded by a southern wet-mesic forest in north-central Sheboygan County.  A large gravel parking area is located on the east side of STH 57 just northwest of Rhine Center and just south of the intersection of STH 57 and CTH EH. From the parking area, an informal trail…

Tamarack Creek Bog, SNA #60 (235/679)

Tamarack Creek Bog features bog, marsh, and forest communities with several species more often found further north. Located within the Tamarack Creek Wildlife Area in southern Trempealeau County, the natural area is composed of two parcels with parking for the southern parcel on the roadside of CTH F and a parking area adjacent to the…

Finnerud Pine Forest, SNA #31 (222/675)

Finnerud Pine Forest encompasses an old-growth red pine forest, bog, and lake shoreline.  The site is owned by the University of Wisconsin System via the Board of Regents and is managed by the UW Arboretum.  Visits require advanced permission. I am grateful to the UW Arboretum for allowing me to visit the several natural areas…

Black Tern Bog, SNA #49 (221/675)

Black Tern Bog features a quaking sphagnum bog mat surrounding two seepage lakes, just a stone’s throw from USH 51 in Vilas County.  Park along, but well off of the highway, wand walk east toward the bog and lakes. This was another site in which I was uneasy about where I had to park.  Traffic…

Cedarburg Bog, SNA #2 (195/675)

Cedarburg Bog, a National Natural Landmark, features a variety of wetland natural communities surrounding several lakes.  Public access is available from the north on STH 33 and from the south on Cedar Sauk Road.  A trail leads from the former to one of the lakes.  From the latter, a roadside pull-off, an unimproved trail leads…

Border Lakes, SNA #411 (192/675)

Border Lakes, or the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area as The Nature Conservancy calls it, encompasses 15 undeveloped lakes in northwestern Vilas County.  A parking area is located on East Bay Road, southeast of Presque Isle.  Numerous trails that are more like access roads, loop through the site. As my mother and I pulled into the…

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow, SNA #120 (172/675)

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow contains a southern sedge meadow, as well as northern wet forest, tamarack bog and surrounding uplands.  A parking area for the encompassing Honey Creek Wildlife Area is located on CTH W midway between Waterford and Burlington. I started off from the parking area by following one of several foot-trails that wander…