Marshall’s Point (308/687)

Marshall’s Point is a secluded piece of splendor in Door County.  A relic boreal forest and northern mesic forest untouched for more than a century lie within the protections of a gated community and neither its location or the method by which I obtained permission will be disclosed here. I was fortunate to be guided…

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…

The Ridges Sanctuary, SNA #17 (114/675)

The Ridges Sanctuary contains a series of ridges and swales marking former shorelines of Lake Michigan from the last 1400-1500 years.  This topography results in an array of different natural communities and resident species.  A large parking lot and visitor’s center can be found off of CTH Q just east of Hwy 57.  Note that…

Moonlight Bay Bedrock Beach (113/675)

Moonlight Bay Bedrock Beach protects a small dolomite bedrock beach and adjacent boreal forest near Baileys Harbor.  The site is easy to reach from W Cana Island Road, just south of its intersection with E Cana Island Road.  A sign and short trail leading west from the road takes you into the site. Hands-down this…

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest & Wetlands, SNA #284 (111/675)

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest & Wetlands features a rocky shoreline and interior boreal and northern wet-mesic forests on the Lake Michigan side of Door County.  Access is readily available anywhere along several of the bordering roads; simply pull to the side, park, and walk into the site.  There are a total of five separate parcels…

North Bay, SNA #381 (110/675)

North Bay features a long list of natural communities including various forest and wetland types (see table below) and certainly is more diverse than its name implies.  Such is the case sometimes with SNA names.  At times a site may be named X Lake and it really is just the lake.  Other times it is much…

Europe Bay Woods, SNA #379 (108/675)

Europe Bay Woods is the second of two SNA’s found within Newport State Park, along with Newport Conifer-Hardwoods as previously discussed here.  It features a mixed forest located on an isthmus between Europe Lake and a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Access is available via the Hotz and Europe Bay trails with trailheads on Europe…

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods, SNA #90 (107/675)

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods features a mixture of forest types in a parcel embedded within Newport State Park.  Put your hiking shoes on because this one will require a bit of a walk from the nearest parking area.  Newport State Park is a “wilderness” state park so amenities are limited and the campsite are all a couple…