Nipissing Swamp (309/687)

Nipissing Swamp is a remnant from the time of the glaciers when a sandbar blocked the outlet of Glacial Lake Nipissing and turned the area into a lagoon.  Today, a northern hardwood swamp and sand dunes persist.  Found within the boundaries of Point Beach State Forest, the area can be accessed from the northeast by…

Point Beach Ridges (256/679)

Point Beach Ridges encompasses a series of 11 ridges and swales representing former shorelines of the Nippissing Great Lakes, a term for Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron which were all connected after the glaciers receeded but with much higher water levels than at present.  A small pull-off is located on the east side of CTH…

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…

Cave Point-Clay Banks, SNA #559 (184/675)

Cave Point-Clay Banks features a variety of wetland and forest natural communities spread across 3 named units consisting of 4 total parcels of land.  The three units are known as the Sturgeon Bay unit, the Shivering Sands unit, and the Kellner Fen unit.  All three are described on the DNR page, but there is no…

Jackson Harbor Ridges, SNA #110 (179/675)

Jackson Harbor Ridges features a series of sand dunes and swales on the northeastern corner of Washington Island in Door County.  As previously discussed in the Detroit Harbor post, the customary way to reach the island is to take the ferry at the end of STH 42 which will take you to Detroit Harbor.  Then…

Whitefish Dunes, SNA #175 (117/675)

Whitefish Dunes features the largest landscape of sand dunes along the Great Lakes.  Found within Whitefish Dunes State Park, both active and stabilized dunes are home to various stages of succession with those dunes further from the lake being more wooded and stabilized.  Parking is available near the park office.  From there, we walked north along…

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…

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods, SNA #90 (107/675)

Newport Conifer-Hardwoods features a mixture of forest types in a parcel embedded within Newport State Park.  Put your hiking shoes on because this one will require a bit of a walk from the nearest parking area.  Newport State Park is a “wilderness” state park so amenities are limited and the campsite are all a couple…

Blue River Sand Barrens, SNA #69 (81/674)

Blue River Sand Barrens features oak barrens and sand dunes on an old alluvial plain of the Wisconsin River.  The site is easy to reach with parking along Wightman Road, a sandy/gravelly access lane. Blue River Sand Barrens is another of my all-time favorite sites.   The presence of moving sand dunes is similar to Spring…