Sister Islands (307/687)

Sister Islands comprises two small, rocky islands approximately 1 1/2 miles off the Door County coast in the Green Bay waters of Lake Michigan.  A rudimentary kayak launch is found at the terminus of Waters End Road, just east of STH 42 north of Sister Bay. My brother and I rented kayaks from an outfitter…

Lauterman Lake (304/687)

Lauterman Lake encompasses rolling terrain, a mesic hardwood forest, lakes, creeks, and a braided esker system in northern Florence County.  The site can be reached via parking areas on Brule River Road (FR 2154) to the east of the namesake lake and FR 2553 to the west; both are just south of STH 70.  Note…

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…

Bohn Lake (274/681)

Bohn Lake features the fluctuating water levels of its namesake lake, a remnant of a glacial tunnel channel formed millenia ago.  Found in west-central Waushara County, this site is easily accessed via the Ice Age Trail.  A parking area is located on the east side of CTH B, approximately 1 mile south of CTH V….

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…

Rush Lake (266/679)

Rush Lake features three wetland parcels scattered about the south and east sides of Rush Lake in southwestern Winnebago County.  Sedge meadow, wet prairie, shrubb-carr, and cattails provide a wetland habitat millieux for a variety of birds and waterfowl.  The northeastern parcel is accessible from Mountain Road, east of CTH M and the central parcel…

Karner Blue Meadow (264/679)

Karner Blue Meadow comprises a block of prime habitat for the federally endangered Karner Blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis).  The site is easily reached by parking on the side of the road on 22nd Avenue midway between CTH A and CTH H.  A DNR gate and sign mark the site.  There are no official trails,…

Rhine Center Bog (252/679)

Rhine Center Bog includes a bog lake surrounded by a southern wet-mesic forest in north-central Sheboygan County.  A large gravel parking area is located on the east side of STH 57 just northwest of Rhine Center and just south of the intersection of STH 57 and CTH EH. From the parking area, an informal trail…

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…

Upper Fox Headwaters (245/679)

Upper Fox Headwaters is comprised of a wide array of natural communities in 5 parcels of land divided amongst 3 units spanning 9 miles, 2 counties, and a total of 195 acres.  The Upper Chaffee Creek Meadow unit (formerly known as the Chaffee Creek unit) is accessible from a wayside off of southbound I-39/USH 51…

Kohler Park Dunes (238/679)

Kohler Park Dunes features a stunning series of sand dunes and a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline within Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan County.  Several access points can be used including parking areas on Beach Park Lane at the northern boundary, near the Sanderling Nature Center in the park, and on Old Park Road at the…

Tomahawk Lake Hemlocks, SNA #510 (223/675)

Tomahawk Lake Hemlocks features a northern mesic forest with hemlock and yellow birch on rolling topography betwen Tomahawk and Little Carr Lakes.  Kettle depressions are found throughout the site.  Park on Rainbow Road, near the intersection with Robin Road and beyond the entrance to the Macnaughton Correctional Center. Hemlock forests are one of my favorite…