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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Spider Lake (No. 295)

Spider Lake

Photo by Steven Spickerman, U.S. Forest Service


Overview

Location

Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Ashland County. T43N-R4W, Sections 5, 6, 8. 275 acres.

Description

Description

Spider Lake features a high quality stand of swamp hardwoods dominated by black ash of various age and size classes with canopy associates of red maple, paper birch, white cedar, and white spruce. The shrub layer is well developed and dense consisting of speckled alder, mountain maple, red-osier dogwood, and winterberry. Characteristic herbs include cinnamon fern, marsh marigold, swamp saxifrage, creeping snowberry, and fringed, swollen, and three-fruited sedges. Cuckoo-flower (Cardamine pratensis), a species of special concern in Wisconsin, is also present. Mosses are also an important component of the herbaceous flora. Small pools of standing or slowly moving water are frequent within the ash forest including tip-up pools with 4-8" of water. Drainage patterns in this area of pitted moraine are rather poorly developed and lakes, kettle depressions, and swamps are abundant. The headwaters of the Chippewa and Marengo Rivers are in this area. Spider Lake supports a diverse array of bird species including the great-crested flycatcher, veery, black-and-white, northern parula, and black-throated green warblers, northern waterthrush, and the yellow-bellied flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris), a species of special concern in Wisconsin. Spider Lake is owned by the U.S. Forest Service and was designated a SNA in 1988. This site is also recognized by the Forest Service as an established Research Natural Area.

Access

Driving directions

No direct public access. From the intersection of County Highway GG and 77 in Clam Lake, go north on GG about 1.9 miles, then north on FR 345 0.95 mile, then west on FR 193 2.4 miles, then north on FR 344 about one mile to a logging road on the east side of 344. Walk east following the logging road until it turns. Continue east using compass and topographic map to the south end of the ash swamp.

Ownership

Spider Lake is owned by:

  • US Forest Service

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