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…

Johnson Lake Barrens & Springs (273/681)

Johnson Lake Barrens & Springs features a large expanse of barrens, lakes, springs, creeks, and sedge meadows in north-central Vilas County.  The site can be reached via several access roads south of CTH B.  I do not recall my route back in 2012, but last year I took High Lake Road south from CTH B…

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…

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…

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…

Trout Lake Conifer Swamp, SNA #21 (220/675)

Trout Lake Conifer Swamp is a small, northern wet-mesic forest on a carpet of sphagnum moss found northeast of Woodruff in Vilas County.  It is part of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and can be reached via CTH N to Perch Lane, just northeast of the intersection of CTH M and CTH N. A…

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…

Aurora Lake, SNA #127 (163/675)

Aurora Lake features, well, Aurora Lake surrounded by a northern wet forest.  The lake is known for its wild rice population.  Access is via a boat launch at the end of Aurora Lake Road. This visit was a rather abbreviated one for a couple of reasons.  One: no kayak with which to explore the lake.  Two:…

Plum Lake Hemlock Forest, SNA #26 (162/675)

Plum Lake Hemlock Forest features an old-growth forest wedged between Plum, Star, and Razorback Lakes.  A separate island parcel is found within Plum Lake.  Accesss is either form the east via Hook Road or from the west via Rearing Pond Road. This is one of those sites that I don’t have a great recollection of…

Lake Laura Hardwoods, SNA #500 (161/675)

Lake Laura Hardwoods contains an old-growth northern mesic forest on the south shore of Lake Laura in central Vilas County within the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.  A boat launch that doubles as a parking area is found at the end of Deerfoot Road. As denoted by its number, Lake Laura Hardwoods was the 500th…