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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods (No. 143)

Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Dodge County. T11N-R16E, Section 1. T12N-R16E, Section 36. 66 acres.

Description

Description

Mayville Ledge is a one-half mile exposure of Niagara dolomite escarpment, ranging from 40 to 60 feet in height. The escarpment slope supports an ungrazed forest of sugar maple, basswood, red oak, and American elm. The understory is quite rich in ferns and other deep shade vegetation, including walking and bulblet ferns. The level plain above the escarpment supports a variable aged woods of ironwood, American beech, sugar maple, and yellowbud hickory. American beech is rare in this location and represents its westernmost range extension in southern Wisconsin. Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was designated a State Natural Area in 1987.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Hwys. 67 and 33, go north on Hwy. 67 0.75 mile to the south line of NW1/4 NW1/4 of Sec. 1. The legal access is a 100-foot strip of land, east up the escarpment by foot path.

Note: Hunting is not allowed on this property.

Ownership

Mayville Ledge Beech-Maple Woods is owned by:

  • UW Board of Regents

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