New Munster Bog Island (321/693)

New Munster Bog Island State Natural Area contains a small hill, or knoll, surrounded by shrub-carr and tamaracks in southern Kenosha County.  I found the DNR prescribed access to be fairly straightforward.  From a State Wildlife Area parking area on the north side of 75th St, a rudimentary path leads to Palmer Creek.  I recall…

Peat Lake (320/693)

Peat Lake State Natural Area is headlined by its 42-acre namesake lake.  Haboring mainly non-native carp, the lake is not known for it fishery and is not particularly accessible for those purposes.  Such access is somewhat precluded by the extensive surrounding wetlands, composed of sedge meadow and cattail marsh. Located on the WI-IL border and…

Silver Lake Bog (319/693)

Silver Lake Bog contains a bog and northern wet forest situated in the far southeastern corner of the state in Kenosha County.  The site is owned by the Silver Lake Sportsmans Club and permission is required before visiting. The description of “open bog” refers to having <10% tree cover, per the WDNR's description of this…

Chiwaukee Prairie (190/675)

Chiwaukee Prairie features a variety of prairie and wetland natural communities bordered by Lake Michigan on the east and Illinois on the west.  Through the cooperative efforts of The Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin DNR, and the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, a large portion of this landscape has been preserved.  What once was intended as a…