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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Hortonville Bog (No. 214)

Hortonville Bog

Photo by Andy Clark


Overview

Location

Outagamie County. T22N-R15E, Sections 2, 3, 9, 10, 11. 1,299 acres.

Description

Description

Hortonville Bog is one of the best bogs in southern Wisconsin and contains an open ericaceous bog with a very deep sphagnum layer. Dominants are leather-leaf and Labrador-tea. Poison sumac is abundant throughout the site. Although there is no open water, the bog is very spongy. Surrounding the bog is an advancing ring of tamarack and black spruce in all age and size classes. To the south is a wet-mesic forest dominated by tamarack and white cedar. The bog contains several species of birds indicative of northern bog communities: winter wren, Canada warbler, Nashville warbler, white-throated sparrow, sharp-shinned hawk, northern waterthrush, and Lincoln's sparrow. Hortonville Bog is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1987.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County S and U.S. Highway 45 in New London, go east on S 2.65 miles, then north on Allcan Road 0.4 miles to the 90 degree turn and DNR parking area. walk northeast into the bog (0.15 miles).

Ownership

Hortonville Bog is owned by:

  • Private
  • 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 reserve for northern wet-mesic forest and black spruce swamp, as a wetland protection site, and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the forests. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality native northern wet-mesic forests and black spruce swamps.

Management approach

The native species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. Exceptions include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress fires. Salvage of trees after a major wind event is not considered compatible with management objectives.

Site-specific considerations

  • Maintenance of the parking area in the southwest corner and planting of the 11-acre old field to mesic forest tree species are the primary management activities at the site.
  • Cutting of shooting lanes is prohibited and will be enforced.

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.

Hunting and trapping

This SNA has multiple landowners: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. In general, most DNR-owned land allows hunting and trapping. Partner-owned land may have other rules (for example, university-owned lands do not allow hunting or trapping). 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 on the non-DNR land may be found under the "Access" tab above, if available.

Allowable activities: DNR-owned land

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: all SNAs

  • 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
  • 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]

Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017