Alvin Creek Headwaters (306/687)

Alvin Creek Headwaters encompasses several natural communities centered around, appropriately enough, Alvin Creek and its headwaters in north-central Forest County.  The site lies southwest of the intersection of STH 70 and STH 55.  Access can be made directly from west on FR 2175 and from the east on FR 2427.  Both lightly traveled (and lightly…

Holmboe Conifer Forest (241/679)

Holmboe Conifer Forest includes a variety of northern forest types on rolling terrain along the Pelican River in the city of Rhinelander.  The directions as described by the DNR are a bit out of date and I believe they pre-date the Taylor Park nursing home that was built adjacent to the site on Boyce Drive….

Border Lakes, SNA #411 (192/675)

Border Lakes, or the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area as The Nature Conservancy calls it, encompasses 15 undeveloped lakes in northwestern Vilas County.  A parking area is located on East Bay Road, southeast of Presque Isle.  Numerous trails that are more like access roads, loop through the site. As my mother and I pulled into the…

Haymeadow Creek, SNA #479, (188/675)

Haymeadow Creek encompasses nearly 1000 acres within the Chequameon-Nicolet National Forest in eastern Vilas County.  The creek courses through a meadow surrounded by northern wet and dry forested lands.  Access is available from numerous roads including Blong Road, FS 2567, and CTH E.  All except the later are gravel roads and all involve parking on…

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow, SNA #120 (172/675)

Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow contains a southern sedge meadow, as well as northern wet forest, tamarack bog and surrounding uplands.  A parking area for the encompassing Honey Creek Wildlife Area is located on CTH W midway between Waterford and Burlington. I started off from the parking area by following one of several foot-trails that wander…

Beulah Bog (171/675)

Beulah Bog encompasses two bog lakes surrounded by a northern wet forest in northeastern Walworth County.  A parking area is located on Stringers Bridge Road, south of CTH J.  From there, a trail leads east over undulating glacial terrain before turning south to reach a boardwalk, which in turn leads to one of the bog…

Muir Park, SNA #96 (153/675)

Muir Park features a variety of natural communities within the boundaries of Muir County Park in Marquette County.  A parking area and boat ramp are available off of Fox River Road.  The Ice Age Trail forms a loop around Ennis Lake. The prairie was in full force during my mid-June visit.  Butterfly milkweed, spiderwort, prairie…

Quincy Bluff & Wetlands, SNA #272 (133/675)

Quincy Bluff & Wetlands is a massive natural area with a great variety of natural communities.  Originally acquired by The Nature Conservancy, the property was transferred in recent years to the DNR.  It has been the site of intensive restoration activities as well as land acquisition over the years and will continue to be in…

Lima Bog, SNA #219 (131/675)

Lima Bog features one of the largest bogs in southern Wisconsin with flora more characteristic of the northern portion of the state.  There is a parking area on East Bowers Lake Road south of the site from which a very uneven jaunt through a forested and rocky divide between two agricultural fields awaits you.  Then,…

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…

Milwaukee River Tamarack Lowlands & Dundee Kame, SNA #256 (92/674)

Milwaukee River Tamarack Lowlands & Dundee Kame features a variety of wetland communities and several glacial kames surrounding a stretch of the Milwaukee River in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  It is one of 11 SNA’s found with this forest unit.  There are several ways to access this SNA and I would…

Echo Lake, SNA #445 (73/674)

Echo Lake SNA is composed of several wetland ecosystems: bog, northern wet forest, alder thicket, cedar swamp, and of course, the lake itself.  Reaching the site is fairly easy via FR2460 off of which there is a small parking area.  Trails emanate from here and lead towards the lake. Visiting Echo Lake was my last…