White River Prairie / Tamaracks (277/681)

White River Prairie/Tamaracks features sizable wet prairie and tamarack bog communities along the White River in northwestern Green County west of Berlin.  Found within the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, there are ample parking areas in the general vicinity.  The two nearest this natural area are located on the south side of CTH E…

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…

Snake Creek Fen (270/679)

Snake Creek Fen encompasses fen, wet prairie, and sedge meadow communities along a short stretch of Snake Creek in .  Put your walking shoes on, so to speak, as this site is 1 mile from the nearest intersection, Swamp Road to the west and Saint Marie Road to the east.  Follow the grassy Snake Creek…

Rush Lake (266/679)

Rush Lake features three wetland parcels scattered about the south and east sides of Rush Lake in southwestern Winnebago County.  Sedge meadow, wet prairie, shrubb-carr, and cattails provide a wetland habitat millieux for a variety of birds and waterfowl.  The northeastern parcel is accessible from Mountain Road, east of CTH M and the central parcel…

Faville Prairie, SNA #3 (226/675)

Faville Prairie features a low prairie surrounded by sedge meadow and shrub-carr in Jefferson County.  Owned by the UW System and managed by the UW Arboretum, permission is required to visit the site. As denoted by its number (3), Faville Prairie was one of the first SNA’s and was designated in 1952.  The fluctuating water…

Fair Meadows, SNA #416 (224/675)

Fair Meadows encompasses a variety of habitats including oak woodland and savanna, wet prairie, and sedge meadow.  It is home to the federally threatened and Wisconsin endangered eastern prairie white-fringed orchid.  A privately owned natural area, Fair Meadows is generally only open to the public on field trips through conservation organizations and that is how…

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…

Fountain Creek Wet Prairie, SNA #100 (160/675)

Fountain Creek Wet Prairie features a large wet-prairie alongisde Fountain Creek within the Grand Marsh State Wildlife Area in southwestern Green Lake County.  A parking area is located off of CTH B. The visit here was abbreviated as try as I might I could not find a suitable route into the bulk of the wet…

French Creek Fen, SNA #546 (154/675)

French Creek Fen features three fen areas embedded with a semi-open wetland complex.  A wet prairie, sedge meadow, and springs are also present.  Found within the French Creek Wildlife Area in northern Columbia County, there are several parking areas around the periphery, though the easiest access is probably via the parking area at the end…

Springvale Wet Prairie, SNA #547 (151/675)

Springvale Wet Prairie includes a wet prairie, sedge meadow, and small fen on a site bisected by Duck Creek east of Pardeeville.  There are no great parking options as even the roads here have narrow shoulders and steep ditches on the sides.  Luckily for me, CTH I was closed at the time and so I…

Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, SNA #88 (120/675)

Kettle Moraine Low Prairie features an array of prairie types with upland islands near Eagle in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  There is an access lane and parking area located north of Eagle on the west side of STH 67 (Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive).  Beyond the parking area, the access lane…

Mud Lake Fen & Wet Prairie, SNA #604 (78/674)

Mud Lake Fen & Wet Prairie is exactly what it sounds like, although the fen is much smaller than the wet prairie.  It can be reached from a parking area off of Conservation Road south of Lake Mills.  One parking area is directly on that road and another is 1/4 mile north on an access…