VanderBloemen Bog (254/679)

VanderBloemen Bog features an open bog and hardwood swamp in Manitowoc County. Owned by Silver Lake College, this site requires permission from the College for visitation. Its location is not described by the DNR and will not be described here, though it is not difficult to find. My lasting memories of VanderBloemen Bog are the…

Kickapoo Valley Reserve, SNA #354 (149/675)

Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a massive property containing a range of forest types, as well as sedge meadow, shrub0-carr, alder thicket, swamp, sandstone cliffs, and the Kickapoo River.  Located adjacent to Wildcat Mountain State Park, the natural area is accessible via numerous roads and highways that course through it.  A few trailheads have parking areas…

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….