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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Lauterman Lake (No. 451)

Lauterman Lake

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Florence County. T40N-R16E, Sections 28-32. 1,109 acres.

Description

Description

Lauterman Lake features an older growth mesic hardwood forest with a hemlock component situated on rich silt loam soils on rolling pitted outwash plain. The site's rich silt loam soils combined with good drainage supports an unusual concentration of good quality hardwood stands. The site is divided into three natural divisions: east of Lauterman Lake has rolling topography; the section between Lauterman Lake and Little Porcupine Lake is more rugged with hummocks and steep slopes; and the north end of an extensive braided esker system enters the complex to the south of Little Porcupine Lake. The braided esker system is dominated by sugar maple with yellow birch, basswood, and hemlock. Understory species include rock elm and eastern hop hornbeam. The richest stands are found to the south of Little Porcupine Lake in the flat area bordering the lacustrine zone. Here Virginia water-leaf and wood nettle are abundant in the understory and coarse woody debris is relatively common. Other species include wild licorice, maidenhair fern, wild leek, large-flowered bellwort, bloodroot, and blue cohosh. Rare and uncommon species include northern black currant (Ribes hudsonianum) and black tern (Chlidonias niger). This site is an important landscape link between the Whisker Lake Wilderness and Kieper Creek Special Management and Old Growth Area. Lauterman Lake is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From Florence, go west on State Highway 70 about 12 miles to the north boundary of the site. FR 2154 and FR 2553 provide interior access to the site.

Ownership

Lauterman Lake is owned by:

  • US Forest Service

Maps

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.

Recreation

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the "Resource links" heading above. More details regarding allowable uses of this non-DNR owned SNA may be posted, if available, under the "Access" tab above.

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Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.

Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017