Castle Mound Pine Forest (294/681)

Castle Mound Pine Forest is a forested butte rising nearly 200 feet above the surrounding landscape.  Found within the Black River State Forest, access is easy from the Castle Mound Campground unit of the forest on USH 12 south of Black River Falls.  Park in the picnic parking area. Trails wind up and around the…

Catfish Eddy Terraces (293/681)

Catfish Eddy Terraces is comprised of northern dry-mesic forest and various gorges and wet terrain along the eastern bank of the Black River in Jackson County.  There are no trails or parking areas here, so I found it easiest to park along Clinton Road and walk approximately 1/3 mile west into the natural area. After…

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…

Papoose Creek Pines (272/681)

Papoose Creek Pines includes dry and dry-mesic forests of red and white pine along a stretch of Papoose Creek in northwestern Vilas County.  The site is located on both sides  of CTH K.  I would recommend parking on Red Feather Road near the southwestern corner of the site or Manitou Park or Clear Lake Roads…

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…

Allequash Lake & Pines, SNA #508 (218/675)

Allequash Lake & Pines encompassees a mostly second-growth northern dry mesic forest surrounding the southern basin of Allequash Lake in Vilas County.  Part of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, this site can be reached by parking at the boat launch at the end of an access road heading east from CTH M.  There are…

Franklin & Butternut Lakes, SNA #119 (140/675)

Franklin & Butternut Lakes encompasses a variety of habitats over rolling glacial topography, more or less centered around the aforementioned lakes.  Found within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, parking for this site is available at either of two parking area on FR 2181 (Butternut Lake Road).  Alternatively, there are several stopping points along various forest roads….

Frog Lake & Pines, SNA #187 (139/675)

Frog Lake & Pines features a northern dry-mesic forest and wetlands surrounding a wilderness lake.  A small pull-off is located on the west side of STH 47 just south of Manitowish.  From there, a walkable access lane leads to a short trail to the lake. I made a stop at Frog Lake & Pines after…

Bayshore Blufflands, SNA #377 (118/675)

Bayshore Blufflands contains a mixture of forest communities on the steep slope of the Niagara Escarpment.  Access is available from above or below with parking areas off of CTH I and B, respectively. We parked below the bluff and walked the faded trail through the old field to the base of the bluff, across a…

Europe Bay Woods, SNA #379 (108/675)

Europe Bay Woods is the second of two SNA’s found within Newport State Park, along with Newport Conifer-Hardwoods as previously discussed here.  It features a mixed forest located on an isthmus between Europe Lake and a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Access is available via the Hotz and Europe Bay trails with trailheads on Europe…

Peninsula Park Beech Forest, SNA #12 (101/675)

Peninsula Park Beech Forest is the second of two SNA’s found with Peninsula State Park (the other being Peninsula Park White Cedar Forest).  Several parking areas are found near the observation tower (which is closed indefinitely) and from there, the Sentinel trail leads across the road toward the northern edge of the SNA.  The Eagle…

Johnson Hill Kame, SNA #258 (87/674)

Johnson Hill Kame contains northern and southern dry-mesic forests on the slopes of a conical moulin kame deposited during the last glaciation of Wisconsin.  Parking here is the very narrow roadside along Shamrock Road.  Walk across the agricultural field to a tree line, an area which can be quite wet with ephemeral ponds and quite…