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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Myklebust Lake (No. 179)

Myklebust Lake

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Waupaca County. T23N-R11E, Sections 2, 11. 170 acres.

Description

Description

Mykelbust Lake features a deep, 20-acre marl-bottomed lake with an undeveloped shoreline and exceptionally clear water provided by numerous springs. A narrow wetland fringe of bur-reed and hard-stemmed bulrush surrounds the lake and along the one-half mile outlet stream which flows into the South Branch of the Little Wolf River. Wild celery and water star-grass inhabit the high quality, swift current of the outlet and the macro-algae Chara is abundant on the lake bottom. The lake’s macrophyte community is diverse and contains emergent aquatics such as white water-lily, bull-head pond-lily, arrowhead, flowering rush, wild rice, seven-angle pipewort, quillwort and several pondweeds. A northern wet forest of tamarack, red maple, and elm borders the outlet stream and contains a diverse understory of bog birch, poison sumac, and shrubby cinquefoil with rush aster, Kalm’s lobelia, and nodding lady’s tresses. A 2-acre black spruce bog is found in the southeast corner while the east shore contains a small stand of large white pine, some more than two feet in diameter. The remainder of the uplands is a mixture of second-growth northern hardwoods. The lake supports an excellent northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish fishery. Teal and wood ducks frequent the stream and amphibians include leopard, green, and mink frogs. Myklebust Lake is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1982.

Access

Driving directions

From the junction of State Highways 161 and 49 in Iola, go south on 49 1.1 miles to a parking area west of the road. Walk west along an access lane to a carry-in canoe landing.

Ownership

Myklebust Lake is owned by:

  • WDNR

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.

Objectives

Site objectives

Manage the site as an aquatic reserve and wetland protection area, and as an ecological reference area. Manage uplands as a buffer for the high-quality aquatic and wetland features. Natural processes will determine the structure of the featured natural communities, along with prescribed vegetation manipulation in the wetlands and uplands. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality native ecosystems.

Management approach

The lake and associated wetlands are managed passively, allowing nature to determine their ecological characteristics. The forested uplands have a long history of grazing, thus restoration of their native groundlayer species is problematic; management here may include timber harvest. Water quality BMPs will be followed during tree harvest operations. Other allowable activities throughout the site include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, salvage of timber after storms, and access to suppress wildfires.

Site-specific considerations

  • Roadside easement area may be managed sporadically by state.
  • An access lane through the uplands may be maintained for use as a carry-in boat launch. Although removal of hazardous trees from over and near trails is an allowed activity, manipulation/removal of vegetation and soil disturbance should be minimized to the extent possible.

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.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Drone use, unless authorized by a SNA research permit
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017