- Natural areas
- Contact information
- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Wind Pudding Lake (No. 188)
Within the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, Oneida County. T38N-R7E, Sections 21, 21, 28, 29. 340 acres.
Wind Pudding Lake is a large, soft water, seepage lake with separate shallow and deep basins both of which contain unusual flora. The shallow central and southwest portions comprise most of the lake area and are dominated by a floating mat of peat with yellow-eyed grass. Submerged peat in the shallow basin supports white water-lily, the uncommon purple bladderwort (Utricularia purpurea), and a large population of the rare Robbin's spike-rush (Eleocharis robbinsii). The 34-foot deep eastern basin has a sand and gravel bottom with a variety of sterile-rosette aquatics including the rare plantain shoreweed (Litorella uniflora). The shoreline is predominantly upland with a second-growth paper birch and white pine forest. Birds of interest include common loon (Gavia immer), great blue heron (Ardea herodias), and several species of ducks. Also present are bull frogs and green frogs. Wind Pudding Lake is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1983.
From intersection of County D and State Highway 47 south of Lake Tomahawk, go west on D 3.4 miles, then southeast on Bluebird Road 1.1 miles, then south on an access road 0.2 mile to a fork in the road. Take the right fork to the lake.
Wind Pudding Lake is owned by:
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.
Manage the site as an aquatic preserve and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the aquatic communities. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality aquatic communities.
The native aquatic species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the lake. Exceptions include control of invasive plants and animals, and maintenance of existing facilities.
- The western lobe of the lake is very shallow and has seen vegetation removed to permit boat access from an adjoining lake.
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.
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.
- Cross country skiing
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
- Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
- 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
- Camping and campfires
For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]