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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Stone Lake Pines (No. 185)


Overview

Location

Within Northern Highland- American Legion State Forest, Oneida County. T38N-R9E, Sections 17, 20. 206 acres.

Description

Description

Stone Lake Pines features a series of five low islands of northern dry-mesic forest within an open bog. Each island, composed of unsorted rocky till and sandy soil, is about 2.5 acres and wooded with red pines up to 30" in diameter and a few white pine. Upland edges of several of the islands are densely forested with black spruce, balsam fir, and white spruce. In some areas, red pines are open-grown and range over many sizes. The islands have a typical groundlayer of large-leaved aster, yellow blue-bead-lily, Canada mayflower, partridge berry, and American starflower. The open bog is shrubby with alder, bog birch, leather-leaf, bog-laurel, and bog-rosemary being especially abundant. Mammals include white-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, red squirrel, and eastern chipmunk. Stone Lake Pines is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1983.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Hwy. 47 and River Road just south of Lake Tomahawk, go east and south on River Road which merges with Black Lake Road to Ranch Road. Go east 0.75 mile to Muskellunge Road, then north and east nearly 1 mile to Stone Lake Road, then east on Stone Lake Road 3 miles to the gated access going south. Walk south 1 mile to the site.

Ownership

Stone Lake Pines 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 a northern dry-mesic forest reserve and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the forest. Note: It is understood that over the course of time, the oak and red pine component will decrease under a passive management regime. Other State Natural Areas, however, are managed to maintain an old-growth oak cover type. Both management scenarios are needed as ecological reference areas.

Management approach

The native species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. The dry-mesic forest will be allowed to convert over time to a more mesic forest condition. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, and access to suppress wildfires.

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