Sugar Creek Bluff, SNA #338 (215/675)

Sugar Creek bluff features a dry prairie and southern dry-mesic forest overlooking the Mississippi River in Crawford County.  Access is via Lagoon Street.  Park beyond a gravel driveway and walk ~100 feet to the trailhead going north.  A series of long switchbacks eventually leads you to the top and the dry prairie and scenic overlook….

Rush Creek, SNA #170 (214/675)

Rush Creek features a series of dry prairies on southwest-facing bluffs along a 2 mile stretch overlooking the Mississippi River.  The namesake creek meanders through a portion of the site and a floodplain forest surrounds it.  There are numerous points of access for the 9 separate parcels of land.  The DNR-recommended access points are a…

Hogback Prairie, SNA #334 (207/675)

The focus of Hogback Prairie is a ridge with a narrow crest and steep slopes of equal gradient.  Dry prairie is found on the eastern and western slopes, while oak woods and an overgrown oak savanna are found to the south.  The natural area is composed of 5 separate parcels accessible by local roads.  Three…

Kickapoo Wild Woods, SNA #570 (206/675)

Kickapoo Wild Woods encompasses forest types ranging from dry to mesic and floodplain strecthing from ridgetops down to the Kickapoo River 350 feet below.  The site is comprised of two parcels north of Wauzeka with parking areas available from STH 131 and Badger Lane. Well, the rain that had begun at my previous stop, Wauzeka…

Wauzeka Bottoms, SNA #221 (205/675)

Wauzeka Bottoms encompasses a massive floodplain forest near the confluence of the Kickapoo and Wisconsin Rivers.  Parsed with numerous sloughs, channels, and oxbows, the site is best observed via canoe or kayak.  A boat launch with parking is available on East Front Street in downtown Wauzeka.  Paddle southeast under the railroad trestle to reach the…

Limery Ridge Savanna, SNA #341 (204/675)

Limery Ridge Savanna features savanna and dry prairie communities on one of the last remaining undeveloped bluffs in Wisconsin along the Mississippi River.  Below the bluff is a southern mesic forest.  The site is located along STH 35, aka the Great River Road, but there is no designated parking area.  Additionally, it turns out that…