White River Sedge Meadow (278/681)

White River Sedge Meadow encompasses the largest southern sedge meadow in Wisconsin.  Located just one mile south-southeast of White River Prairie/Tamaracks and also a part of the larger White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, this natural area can be accesses by numerous parking areas scattered around its perimeter.  The most direct access is from parking…

Comstock Bog-Meadow (275/681)

Comstock Bog-Meadow features a large sedge meadow and marsh with bog vegetation in some areas and is located in central Marquette County, north of Montello.  There are several access points to the property including parking areas off of CTH J and Edgewood Avenue. On my first visit, I followed the access lane east from CTH…

Puchyan Prairie (269/679)

Puchyan Prairie contains wet-mesic prairie, marsh, and sedge meadow wetland natural communities in the floodplain of the Puchyan River.  A parking area is located on the east side of Puchyan Marsh Road, just a few feet north of its intersection with CTH CC northwest of the town of Green Lake. Puchyan Prairie is a large,…

Trempealeau River Meadow (236/679)

Trempealeau River Meadow is a large sedge meadow and marsh complex in Buffalo County.  Park on Wolfe’s Dugway Road and walk east into the site.  There is a small degraded prairie before a short forested drop in elevation leading to the sedge meadow. This was another site where rubber boots would have come in handy.  Most…

Fair Meadows, SNA #416 (224/675)

Fair Meadows encompasses a variety of habitats including oak woodland and savanna, wet prairie, and sedge meadow.  It is home to the federally threatened and Wisconsin endangered eastern prairie white-fringed orchid.  A privately owned natural area, Fair Meadows is generally only open to the public on field trips through conservation organizations and that is how…

Jefferson Tamarack Swamp, SNA #389 (126/675)

Jefferson Tamarack contains a tamarack swamp, of course, along with a southern sedge meadow and marsh, all as part of the Jefferson Marsh Wildlife Area, just east of Jefferson in, you guessed it, Jefferson County.  There are several parking areas scattered around the edge of the Wildlife Area either on CTH Y or USH 18….

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…

The Ridges Sanctuary, SNA #17 (114/675)

The Ridges Sanctuary contains a series of ridges and swales marking former shorelines of Lake Michigan from the last 1400-1500 years.  This topography results in an array of different natural communities and resident species.  A large parking lot and visitor’s center can be found off of CTH Q just east of Hwy 57.  Note that…

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…

Mink River Estuary, SNA #218 (109/675)

Mink River Estuary features one of the most pristine freshwater estuaries in the country as well as associated wetland communities including marsh and conifer swamp.  Land access is availabe from two spots:  a large parking area off of CTH NP where it turns sharply north and off of Mink River Road. This site is best…

Meridian Park, SNA #544 (105/675)

Meridian Park features an interesting collection of natural communities approximately equidistant between the equator and the North Pole (hence the name).  It is accessible from a wayside on the west side of Hwy 57.  It is an official Door County Park, though there is little more than you’d find at a smaller wayside and scant…

Kangaroo Lake, SNA #355 (104/675)

Kangaroo Lake features forest and wetland communities surrounding the north end of Kangaroo Lake.  The site is owned partly by the Door County Land Trust and by The Nature Conservancy.  The bulk of the SNA land is owned by TNC with a smaller portion owned by the DCLT.  Both organizations give the Kangaroo Lake name…