Clover Valley Fen, SNA #213 (130/675)

Clover Valley Fen features a series of peat mounds with characteristic fen flora just northwest of the Whitewater Lake Campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit.  To reach it is not the easiest endeavor.  Park either on Hi-Lo Road near the campground entrance or you could risk parking in a campsite to…

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,…

Ottawa Lake Fen, SNA #128 (119/675)

Ottawa Lake Fen features a picturesque fen and marl flat complex between Ottawa Lake and another, unnamed lake.  Found within the Ottawa Lake Campground area of the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, ample paved parking is available.  One option is to park at the boat ramp and canoe/kayak across the lake to…

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…

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…

Thorp Pond, SNA #403 (102/675)

Thorp Pond contains several wetland communities centered around a bog lake, though the most interesting portions of the site are not publicly accessible.  To reach the site, park at dead-end on Quarterline Road East and walk southeast.  You will pass though a shrubbery-covered landscape grading into a pine forest and finally into a wet-mesic forest….

Lulu Lake, SNA #138 (86/674)

Lulu Lake is an amazing mosaic of natural communities straddling the Walworth-Waukesha County line.  Several parking areas are located around the property including on CTH E, Lulu Lake Road, and Nature Road.  Trails lead throughout the site.  The SNA is owned approximately 2/3 by the DNR and 1/3 by The Nature Conservancy.  Both entities own…

Bluff Creek, SNA #271 (83/674)

Bluff Creek is another one of my favorite SNA’s and another smorgasboard of natural communities.  It consists of two parcels and can be accessed via several points including a pull-off on CTH P, typically populated by fisherman, off of Hi-Lo Road (bring your rubber boots), and off of Esterly Road.  The Ice Age Trail (IAT)…

Snow Bottom, SNA #262 (82/674)

Snow Bottom certainly packs a punch in terms of natural community diversity in a small area.  Though there are 3 parcels to this site, only 2 are accessible as one is landlocked.  The western parcel is accessed off of Cedar Rock Road, while the eastern parcel can be reached from a parking area on Bowers…

Mud Lake Fen & Wet Prairie, SNA #604 (78/674)

Mud Lake Fen & Wet Prairie is exactly what it sounds like, although the fen is much smaller than the wet prairie.  It can be reached from a parking area off of Conservation Road south of Lake Mills.  One parking area is directly on that road and another is 1/4 mile north on an access…

Waubesa Wetlands, SNA #114 (69/674)

Waubesa Wetlands features a sedge meadow, fen, and shrubb-car habitat in an old lobe of Lake Waubesa.  Overland access is available from a small (2-car) parking area on Lalor Road (aka Rustic Road 19).  From there, a access trail along a fenceline leads to the site.  Further south on the same road the site boundaries…

Waterloo Prairie, SNA #63 (61/674)

Waterloo Prairie consists of four prairie parcels east of Waterloo, home of Trek bicycles.  The southernmost parcel is the easiest to access with a large gravel parking area off of Blue Joint Road.  A smaller parcel is just to the west and can be reached via other DNR lands between the two.  A parcel to…