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Lower Wisconsin State RiverwayEndangered resources

The State Riverway protects a fantastic array of endangered, threatened and uncommon plant and animal species! Twenty Natural Areas cover over 6,000 acres provide an environment vital to the survival of several natural communities. State Natural Areas are established to protect examples of all types of biotic communities and other significant features native to the state...for education, research, and most importantly to secure long term protection of the state's genetic diversity for benefit of future generations.

Talinum rugospermum
Talinum rugospermum
DNR Photo

The globally rare fame flower, Talinum rugospermum, is found in the valley. Other endangered or threatened plant species include pink milkwort, yellow giant hyssop, round-stemmed false foxglove, tubercled orchid, and wild quinine. Threatened wildlife include bald eagles and red-shouldered hawks. Other wildlife of special concern includes Cerulean warbler, bobolink, Arcadian flycatcher, Kentucky warbler and osprey.

Other endangered, threatened or special concern species include 13 types of fish, 10 mussels, 2 amphibians, and 7 reptiles. The Pecatonica River mayfly recently found in Grant County waters was thought to be extinct in Wisconsin!

In total, 62 species of endangered, threatened or special concern status exist within the State Riverway boundaries. Future protection and management will ensure we can all continue to enjoy unusual educational opportunities along the Wisconsin River!

Nearby State Natural Areas (SNA)

Last revised: Friday September 16 2016