Milwaukee River Floodplain Forest, SNA #194 (193/675)

Milwaukee River Floodplain Forest features floodplain and dry-mesic forests along a stretch of the East Branch of the Milwaukee River in Washington County.  Parking is along the roadside on Oak Drive, just north of CTH H, where the gravel shoulder widens a bit near the Ice Age Trail. My first visit here was in too-early…

Pecatonica River Woods, SNA #260 (168/675)

Pecatonica River Woods features several southern Wisconsin forest types including southern mesic, southern dry-mesic, southern dry, and floodplain forest along a stretch of the Pecatonica River.  A gravel pull-off in front of a DNR access gate is found on the east side of the river as it cross CTH A in Iowa County. I feel…

Kickapoo Valley Reserve, SNA #354 (149/675)

Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a massive property containing a range of forest types, as well as sedge meadow, shrub0-carr, alder thicket, swamp, sandstone cliffs, and the Kickapoo River.  Located adjacent to Wildcat Mountain State Park, the natural area is accessible via numerous roads and highways that course through it.  A few trailheads have parking areas…

Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods, SNA #15 (148/675)

Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods features a forest with relict hemlock and birch trees along the Kickapoo River within Wildcat Mountain State Park.  Access is vai the Hemlock Trail which begins from the parking lot for the Lower Picnic Area. The hike up Mt. Pisgah is fairly easy with no steep slopes and overall a gentle climb…

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…

Mukwonago River, SNA #417 (123/675)

Mukwonago River is as it sounds.  This site features an approximately 0.6 mile stretch of the Mukwonago River north of its confluence with the Fox River.  A park-and-ride lot is located on Holz Parkway, just north of STH 83. The Mukwonago River is known as a clear-flowing, exceptionally diverse stream.  Categorized as an Exceptional Resource…

Tiffany Bottoms, SNA #30 (95/674)

Tiffany Bottoms features a floodplain forest as part of one of the largest river deltas in the Midwest.  There are 3 parking areas on the east side of the SNA, reached via short access lanes off of Hwy 25 north of Nelson. I visited Tiffany Bottoms and the encompassing Tiffany Wildlife Area as part of…

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…

Copper Falls, SNA #399 (68/674)

Copper Falls features waterfalls (of course!) as well as oxbows and dry and dry-mesic forests along the Bad River in Ashland County.  It is found within its namesake state park, with the SNA encompassing much of the land along the river north of its confluence with the Tyler Forks River as well as Copper Falls…