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…

Big & Little Marsh, SNA #391 (181/675)

Big & Little Marsh features marsh, fen, and northern wet-mesic habitats on the eastern side of Washington Island in Door County.  Take the ferry from mainland Door County and then park along any of several roads including: Deer Lane Road, Michigan Road, Town Line Road, Wickman Road, or North Hemlock Drive. I would classify my…

Coffey Swamp, SNA #276 (180/675)

Coffey Swamp features a seepage pond surrounded by a fen and northern wet-mesic forest on Washington Island in Door County.  As mentioned in prevous posts on Detroit Harbor and Jackson Harbor Ridges, the most common access to the island is via ferry.  This natural area consists of two parcels, one of which is found along…

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow, SNA #120 (172/675)

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow contains a southern sedge meadow, as well as northern wet forest, tamarack bog and surrounding uplands.  A parking area for the encompassing Honey Creek Wildlife Area is located on CTH W midway between Waterford and Burlington. I started off from the parking area by following one of several foot-trails that wander…

Pickerel Lake Fen, SNA #209 (170/675)

Pickerel Lake Fen (not to be confused with Pickerel Lake SNA – subject of a future post) features a large alkaline fen around the namesake lake in northern Walworth County.  There are two main access points: parking along Pickerel Lake Road and walking east or west into the southern parcel or parking in the small…

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…

Summerton Bog, SNA #42 (158/675)

Summerton Bog contains a mixture of wetland communities including bog, fen, and sedge meadow northwest of Endeavor.  A parking area is located off of Freedom Road on the west side of the natural area. This is another site that requires a more detailed exploration in the near future.  Here, the weather precluded any significant exploration,…

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…