Borah Creek Prairie (210/675)

Borah Creek Prairie features dry prairie remants on land surrounding Borah Creek in eastern Grant County, south of Fennimore.  Park on the side of Mt. Ridge Road and walk in on the access lane heading west. This was the last stop on my latest weekend excursion to southwestern Wisconsin.  As such, fatigue had set in…

Chase Creek, SNA #640 (200/675)

Chase Creek features a rare algific talus slope natural community in Grant County.  Parking is on the side of Dugway Road, followed by a squirrelly climb up the side of the bluff. At the time I visited Chase Creek, it had not yet reached the DNR’s website and I was essentially going in blind.  The…

Haymeadow Creek, SNA #479, (188/675)

Haymeadow Creek encompasses nearly 1000 acres within the Chequameon-Nicolet National Forest in eastern Vilas County.  The creek courses through a meadow surrounded by northern wet and dry forested lands.  Access is available from numerous roads including Blong Road, FS 2567, and CTH E.  All except the later are gravel roads and all involve parking on…

Red Banks Alvar, SNA #332 (177/675)

Red Banks Alvar features a rare natural community in Wisconsin known as an alvar.  This natural area consists of three parcels near Benderville in Brown County.  Two parcels are found on either side of STH 57, just southeast of the town, with a parking area accessible from the northbound lanes.  The second parcel is found to…

Fountain Creek Wet Prairie, SNA #100 (160/675)

Fountain Creek Wet Prairie features a large wet-prairie alongisde Fountain Creek within the Grand Marsh State Wildlife Area in southwestern Green Lake County.  A parking area is located off of CTH B. The visit here was abbreviated as try as I might I could not find a suitable route into the bulk of the wet…

Page Creek Marsh, SNA #330 (159/675)

Page Creek Marsh features a variety of wetland natural communities surrounding Page Creek in central Marquette County.  A parking area for the largest of three parcels is located off of CTH K, southwest of Montello.  From there, a trail leads through the forest and to the creek.  The remaining two parcels involve roadside parking. Page…

Lawrence Creek, SNA #70 (156/675)

Lawrence Creek’s focal point is, wait for it, Lawrence Creek.  Several other natural communities are present including mixed forest, sedge meadow, and degraded land slated for restoration to prairie.  The natural area is divided into two parcels, one each in Adams and Marquette Counties.  Several parking areas are scattered around the periphery of the Lawrence…

French Creek Fen, SNA #546 (154/675)

French Creek Fen features three fen areas embedded with a semi-open wetland complex.  A wet prairie, sedge meadow, and springs are also present.  Found within the French Creek Wildlife Area in northern Columbia County, there are several parking areas around the periphery, though the easiest access is probably via the parking area at the end…

Springvale Wet Prairie, SNA #547 (151/675)

Springvale Wet Prairie includes a wet prairie, sedge meadow, and small fen on a site bisected by Duck Creek east of Pardeeville.  There are no great parking options as even the roads here have narrow shoulders and steep ditches on the sides.  Luckily for me, CTH I was closed at the time and so I…

Hub City Bog, SNA #80 (150/675)

Hub City Bog encompasses a bog and relict pine stands in northern Richland County.  Part of the site is owned by the University of Wisconsin via the Arboretum and as such, access is restricted.  A parcel south of Hub City is DNR-owned and open to the public.  Parking for this parcel is on CTH I…

Fort McCoy Barrens, SNA #228 (147/675)

Fort McCoy Barrens includes one of the largest remaining barrens communities as well as two pristine creeks.  Found within the Fort McCoy Military Installation in Monroe County, a visit requires some special hoops to jump through including calling ahead to ask permission and displaying an informational card in your windshield as you park along the…

Roche-A-Cri Woods, SNA #362 (135/675)

Roche-A-Cri Woods, as is the case for its sister SNA, Roche-A-Cri Mound, is found within Roche-A-Cri State Park.  The ‘Woods SNA’ is comprised of the bulk of the state park that is not part of the ‘Mound SNA’.  As a result, you can utilize the same parking area to visit both sites.  A number of trails…