Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest (250/679)

Mecan River Pine-Oak Forest features the only pine-oak forest in the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape of Wisconsin.  This natural area is easily reachable from a parking area on the north side of Dixie Avenue, east of STH 22.  A trail leads north a few hundred feet to the southeast corner of the site.  Note that…

Wedde Creek Savanna (249/679)

Wedde Creek Savanna features an oak savanna located in northern Marquette County.  The site is easily accessed from a parking area on the south side of Deerborn Avenue, just east of CTH Y.  There are no trails, but the open landscape is easy to explore. Though the rain had abated by the time I reached…

Mecan Springs (246/679)

Mecan Springs’ primary feature is the namesake springs, which are the headwaters for the Mecan River, one of the best trout streams in Wisconsin.  The site is easily reachable via a parking area off of 6th Lane between Chicago Road to the north and Cottonville Avenue to the south.  From this northeast corner of the…

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…

Eureka Maple Woods, SNA #222 (228/679)

Eureka Maple Woods features a primarily maple-basswood forest on the slopes above Timber Coulee Creek in far southwestern Monroe County.  It is directly across Oboe Avenue from Portland Maples SNA and both are part of the Coon Creek Fishery Area.  Park along the road and you can visit both sites without even moving your vehicle….

Portland Maples, SNA #372 (227/675)

Portland Maples encompasses a southern mesic and floodplain forests on sloped terrtain in the southwestern corner of Monroe County.  Part of Coon Creek Fishery Area, the natural area lies along Rutlands Coulee Creek and can be reached by parking on the side of Oboe Avenue for the larger west parcel or Oakdale Avenue for the smaller…

Rocky Run Oak Savanna, SNA #220 (76/674)

Diverse topography is the dominant feature at Rocky Run Oak Savanna.  Undulating terrain is found on a south-facing slope overlooking Rocky Run Creek.  As part of the Rocky Run State Fishery Area, a parking area is located off of Hwy 22, south of Wyocena. A narrow access lane opens up to an old agricultural field…