Battle Bluff Prairie, SNA #177 (213/675)

Battle Bluff Prairie features a dry prairie on a steep slope  and a bluff-topping southern dry forest overlooking the Mississippi River.  The natural area is located along STH 35 north of De Soto.  Park along Battle Hollow Road and get ready for a steep climb.  After working your way through a band of shrubbery and small…

Romance Prairie, SNA #418 (212/675)

Romance Prairie features a dry prairie remnant and overgrown oak savanna and forest overlooking Cox Creek and the nearby town of Romance.  The site is located nearly 6 miles east of Genoa on STH 56 and approximately 1/2 mile east of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River.  The DNR site references an access…

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…

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…

Cassville Bluffs – Roe Unit, SNA #337 (202/675)

Cassville Bluffs – Roe Unit features dry prairie remants and oak savanna along a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in southwestern Grant County.  Parking is at the end of the cul-de-sac on Sand Lake Lane.  From there, a trail leads through the forest, across a stream, up the backside of the bluff before petering out…

Dewey Heights Prairie, SNA #10 (201/675)

Dewey Heights Prairie features a dry prairie on a bluff 800 feet above the Mississippi River.  Found within Nelson Dewey State Park, a lesser known site in Grant County, this gem is easily reachable and explorable for most.  Several parking areas are located along and at the end of the long park road and a trail…

Gasner Hollow Prairie, SNA #261 (199/675)

Gasner Hollow Prairie features a dry prairie and oak savanna on a bluff overlooking several sloughs of the Mississippi River.  It is located in Grant County, just south of Wyalusing State Park, wedged between CTH X and Gasner Hollow Road.  Parking is a bit easier on the latter which is much less travelled, but there…

Hardscrabble Prairie, SNA #322 (164/675)

Hardscrabble Prairie features a dry prairie and oak openings near Hazel Green in southwestern Lafayette County.  Park near the end of the cul-de-sac on Crawford Lane near the sewage treatment plant and walk along the fence on the west side of the plant. Walking along the fence brought me to what seemed to be an…

Rock River Prairie, SNA #289 (146/675)

Rock River Prairie features a dry prairie overlooking the Rock River approximately halfway between Janesville and Beloit.  A parking area can be found on South Walters Road. This site is a very pretty one topographically with the low undulations of the land continuing off in the distance seemingly ad infinitum.  Puncuated by dots of color from…

Clifford Messinger Dry Prairie & Savanna Preserve, SNA #230 (128/675)

Clifford Messinger Dry Prairie & Savanna Preserve is composed of 13 separate parcels of dry prairie and oak savanna scattered across 11 miles in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  Over the years, the number of parcels has varied as parcels were acquired, delisted as SNA’s, or subsumed into an existing SNA….

Genesee Oak Opening & Fen, SNA #153 (125/675)

Genesee Oak Opening & Fen is well-described by its name.  An bur oak opening and fen are found at the site, just north of North Prairie.  An access lane leads west from STH 59 to a small pull-off for parking.  Continue walking west into the site. I have visited Genesee Oak Opening & Fen twice,…

Eagle Centre Prairie, SNA #349 (122/675)

Eagle Centre Prairie is one of the smaller SNA’s and contains a dry prairie remnant and oak opening next to a subdivision.  Park at the end of the cul-de-sac on Clover Court and walk through the trees to the site. This was one of the visits where I was thinking to myself, ‘am I supposed…