Upper Buckatabon Springs (302/687)

Upper Buckatabon Springs encompasses a variety of wetland habitats including springs, ponds, alder thickets, northern sedge meadow, fen, and tamarack swamp across two parcels in central Vilas County. Access to the western parcel is available directly from CTH K on the south side or 3 Springs Road on the west side.  The eastern parcel appears…

Warnimont Bluff Fens (298/686)

Warnimont Bluff Fens represents a rather unusual place to find a fen, on tall bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.  The location is not disclosed by the DNR and will not be here either, but I was allowed some special dispensation by the county. So as not to not tread on the fragile ecosystem, I enjoyed the…

Lost Canoe (280/681)

Lost Canoe includes a nice array of natural communities including northern mesic and dry-mesic forests, fen, and several lakes southwest of Boulder Junction in central Vilas County.  A parking area and trailhead are found on the north side of Nebish Lake Road west of Starrett Road.  A total of 11 miles of trails loop around…

Germania Wet Prairie (276/681)

Germania Wet Prairie includes a wet to wet-mesic prairie with sedge-meadow- and fen-like areas in central Marquette County, just north of the subject of yesterday’s blog entry, Comstock B0g-Meadow.  A DNR parking area is found east of Eagle Road and is accessible via an access lane just north of the intersection of Eagle Road and…

Van Vliet Hemlocks (271/679)

Van Vliet Hemlocks is a newer SNA and features an old-growth hemlock forest with a smattering of bog lakes, fen, kettle depressions, and other wetlands.  The larger of two parcels is found on the east side of Van Vliet and Averill Lakes.  The DNR describes a parking area at the end of East Van Vliet…

Snake Creek Fen (270/679)

Snake Creek Fen encompasses fen, wet prairie, and sedge meadow communities along a short stretch of Snake Creek in .  Put your walking shoes on, so to speak, as this site is 1 mile from the nearest intersection, Swamp Road to the west and Saint Marie Road to the east.  Follow the grassy Snake Creek…

Berlin Fen (268/679)

Berlin Fen’s primary features are two fen mounds composed of calcareous peat.  This natural area is easily reached with a parking area on the east side of Willard Road, just south of the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. Walk north along the road to the southwestern corner of the site. Berlin Fen is certainly one of…

Bass Lake Fen (248/679)

Bass Lake Fen encompasses an area that is much as it sounds, a fen along the shore of Bass Lake.  A parking area is located on the south side of CTH YY east of STH 22.  From there, walk approximately 3/4 mile due south to the north shore of the lake.  The fen is primarily…

Lunch Creek Wetlands (247/679)

Lunch Creek Wetlands is comprised of a large sedge meadow and areas of calcareous fen straddling the meandering Lunch Creek in Waushara County.  This site can be accessed from a DNR parking area on the east side of CTH Y.  Alternatively, it appears access is possible from the northeast and southeast corners of the site…

Allen Creek Wetlands, SNA #641 (225/675)

Allen Creek Wetlands includes a complex of wetlands including sedge meadow, wet-mesic prairie, and fen.    The natural area consists of two parcels, one of which is privately owned and closed to the public and the other which is DNR-owned and open to the public.  I have visited only the former, but the directions given…

Cave Point-Clay Banks, SNA #559 (184/675)

Cave Point-Clay Banks features a variety of wetland and forest natural communities spread across 3 named units consisting of 4 total parcels of land.  The three units are known as the Sturgeon Bay unit, the Shivering Sands unit, and the Kellner Fen unit.  All three are described on the DNR page, but there is no…

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…