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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Bass Lake Preserve (No. 211)

Bass Lake Preserve

Photo by Aaron Carlson

Resource links:

The Nature Conservancy


Overview

Location

Iron County. T41N-R4E, Section 29, 30, 32. 841 acres.

Description

Description

Situated within a landscape of gently rolling pitted outwash, Bass Lake Preserve contains a small, 15-acre, undeveloped soft-water seepage lake, which still retains wilderness characteristics. The lake is slightly alkaline with light brown water of moderate transparency, has a maximum depth of 20 feet, and contains a largemouth bass and panfish fishery. Surrounding the lake is a narrow band of conifer bog of black spruce and tamarack with some white cedar and alder found in the wetlands. The bog supports a wide range of plants including seven-angled pipewort, moccasin flower, and pitcher plant. The conifer bog rises to uplands that are covered by a second growth northern mesic forest of sugar maple and hemlock. These vary in quality with a few stands of old-growth hemlock and super-canopy white and red pine scattered throughout. Other trees include yellow birch, red pine, white pine, jack pine, red maple, and red oak. Birds present include raven, red-breasted nuthatch, pine grosbeak, and osprey. Bass Lake Preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy and was designated a State Natural Area in 1986.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highways 47 and 182, about 4 miles south of Manitowish, go south and west on Highway 182 7.1 miles, then east and south on Ferry Road 1.5 miles, then east and south on Bearskull Road 2.2 miles, then north on Randall Lake Road 0.5 mile to the entrance road and gate. Walk 0.5 mile into site.

This preserve is open to deer hunting: See more [exit DNR]

Ownership

Bass Lake Preserve is owned by:

  • The Nature Conservancy

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