Koro Railroad Prairie (267/679)

Koro Railroad Prairie features a nearly 1/2 mile stretch of mesic prairie along the Mascoutin Valley State Trail in southwestern Winnebago County.  Park on the roadside on either Koro or Meadowbrook Roads, though the former is closer to the prairie than the latter. Koro has probably been one of the better railroad prairies that I…

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…

La Crosse River Trail Prairies, SNA #184 (229/679)

La Crosse River Trail Prairies includes 2 segments of dry-mesic and dry pairie along the La River State Trail straddling the La Crosse-Monroe county line.  The trail can be accessed at numerous points including from Bangor to the west, Sparta to the east, or Rockland in the center.  I parked on E May Street in…

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….

Belmont Prairie, SNA #364 (166/675)

Belmont Prairie features a dry-mesic prairie remnant along a former railroad bed midway between Belmont and Platteville.  Though the DNR describes it as being along the Pecatonica River State Trail, that is a tad misleading.  First, the state trail is not suitable for road bikes and probably not even hybrids west of Belmont.  The trail…

Great River Trail Prairies, SNA #357 (97/674)

Great River Trail Prairies consists of two sand prairie parcels located approximately 7 miles apart in La Crosse and Trempealeau Counties.  The Trempealeau County unit is adjacent to Perot State Park and can be accessed via Prairie Road.  The La Crosse County unit is best reached from a canoe landing parking area at the end…