Sugar Camp Hemlocks (242/679)

Sugar Camp Hemlocks features a northern mesic forest  with a dominant old-growth hemlock component.  This natural area can be reached by taking Fire Lane (gravel) and parking along the road.  The site abuts a house that is seemingly in the middle of nowhere so take care to avoid trespassing on private property. Despite our early…

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  The directions as described by the DNR are a bit out of date and I believe they pre-date the Taylor Park nursing home that was built adjacent to the site on Boyce Drive….

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…

Finnerud Pine Forest, SNA #31 (222/675)

Finnerud Pine Forest encompasses an old-growth red pine forest, bog, and lake shoreline.  The site is owned by the University of Wisconsin System via the Board of Regents and is managed by the UW Arboretum.  Visits require advanced permission. I am grateful to the UW Arboretum for allowing me to visit the several natural areas…

Pat Shay Lake, SNA #446 (72/674)

Pat Shay Lake protects stands of old-growth hemlock and other mixed forests along with a bog, sedge meadow, and the eponymous lake.  Access is available from several points along Butternut Lake and Knapp Roads.  The easiest access to the lake is from the latter.  The Hidden Lakes Trail within the CNNF skirts the southeastern edge…

Two Lakes Pine-Oak Forest, SNA #511 (56/674)

Two Lakes Pine-Oak Forest is actually located between three lakes and a conifer swamp.  The easiest access is at the end of Will Jo Road which ends in a cul-de-sac followed by a hummocky walk though the swamp to the forest. My visit here was shorter than I would have liked due to the dwindling…