Little Lake, SNA #554 (183/675)

Little Lake is the only inland lake on Washington Island and is a literal stone’s throw away from Lake Michigan, with a 250-foot cobblestone ridge separating the two bodies of water.  The DNR says that Little Lake requires permission to visit from the owner, the Door County Land Trust, but the DCLT’s own information makes…

Detroit Harbor, SNA #413 (178/675)

Detroit Harbor contains a mixture of wetlands and a northern mesic forest on Washington Island in Door County.  A car/passenger ferry leaves from Gils Rock at the northern tip of Door County and arrives a stone’s throw from the natural area on Washington Island.  As I recall, it is not cheap as you must pay…

Bayshore Blufflands, SNA #377 (118/675)

Bayshore Blufflands contains a mixture of forest communities on the steep slope of the Niagara Escarpment.  Access is available from above or below with parking areas off of CTH I and B, respectively. We parked below the bluff and walked the faded trail through the old field to the base of the bluff, across a…

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…

Kangaroo Lake, SNA #355 (104/675)

Kangaroo Lake features forest and wetland communities surrounding the north end of Kangaroo Lake.  The site is owned partly by the Door County Land Trust and by The Nature Conservancy.  The bulk of the SNA land is owned by TNC with a smaller portion owned by the DCLT.  Both organizations give the Kangaroo Lake name…

White Cliff Fen & Forest, SNA #383 (103/675)

White Cliff Fen & Forest features a calcareous fen and mixed forest between the Niagara Escarpment and Green Bay.  The trailhead is found on White Cliff Road with limited parking available on the roadside there.  Additional parking can be found just east of the trailhead at a public boat launch. This was my first visit…