Germania Wet Prairie (276/681)

Germania Wet Prairie includes a wet to wet-mesic prairie with sedge-meadow- and fen-like areas in central Marquette County, just north of the subject of yesterday’s blog entry, Comstock B0g-Meadow.  A DNR parking area is found east of Eagle Road and is accessible via an access lane just north of the intersection of Eagle Road and…

Puchyan Prairie (269/679)

Puchyan Prairie contains wet-mesic prairie, marsh, and sedge meadow wetland natural communities in the floodplain of the Puchyan River.  A parking area is located on the east side of Puchyan Marsh Road, just a few feet north of its intersection with CTH CC northwest of the town of Green Lake. Puchyan Prairie is a large,…

Oshkosh-Larsen Trail Prairies (261/679)

Oshkosh-Larsen Trail Prairies encompasses a series of four wet-mesic prairie remnants located along the Wiouwash State Trail in Winnebago County just east of USH 45.  Park on the roadside at any one of several intersections with county and local roads including CTH G near Allenville (then head north), Oak Ridge Road (then head south), or…

Upper Fox Headwaters (245/679)

Upper Fox Headwaters is comprised of a wide array of natural communities in 5 parcels of land divided amongst 3 units spanning 9 miles, 2 counties, and a total of 195 acres.  The Upper Chaffee Creek Meadow unit (formerly known as the Chaffee Creek unit) is accessible from a wayside off of southbound I-39/USH 51…

Allen Creek Wetlands, SNA #641 (225/675)

Allen Creek Wetlands includes a complex of wetlands including sedge meadow, wet-mesic prairie, and fen.    The natural area consists of two parcels, one of which is privately owned and closed to the public and the other which is DNR-owned and open to the public.  I have visited only the former, but the directions given…

Chiwaukee Prairie, SNA #54 (189/675)

Chiwaukee Prairie features a variety of prairie and wetland natural communities bordered by Lake Michigan on the east and Illinois on the west.  Through the cooperative efforts of The Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin DNR, and the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, a large portion of this landscape has been preserved.  What once was intended as a…

Oakfield Railroad Prairie, SNA #328 (185/675)

Oakfield Railroad Prairie features mesic and wet-mesic prairies along two portions of the Wild Goose State Trail, a 34-mile long trail with one terminus in Fond du Lac and the other in Clyman Junction.  Park on the road near one of several trail intersections: CTH D, Lost Arrow Road, River Road, or Willow Lawn Road….

Page Creek Marsh, SNA #330 (159/675)

Page Creek Marsh features a variety of wetland natural communities surrounding Page Creek in central Marquette County.  A parking area for the largest of three parcels is located off of CTH K, southwest of Montello.  From there, a trail leads through the forest and to the creek.  The remaining two parcels involve roadside parking. Page…

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…

Kessler Railroad Prairie, SNA #199 (145/675)

Kessler Railroad Prairie encompasses a wet-mesic prairie along a former railroad grade in central Rock County.  A small area to pull off the road is avaiable in front of an access gate.  A 1.1 mile stretch of prairie lines the old grade including several crossings of ditches and streams via the old trestle ties. Though…

Newark Road Prairie, SNA #113 (144/675)

Newark Road Prairie features a wet-mesic prairie found in southern Rock County.  A grassy pull-off with room for perhaps 2 cars is located on the north side of Beloit Newark Road, just west of the intersection with Knutson Road. From the pull-off, a trail of sorts winds its way through the prairie.  I am not…

Young Prairie, SNA #132 (129/675)

Young Prairie features a wet-mesic prairie amidst a mixture of degraded lands straddling the Jefferson-Walworth County line.  It can be reached via a DNR access lane north of Bluff Road or just to the northeast via a parking area off of Young Road. I have visited this site three times and have yet to explore…