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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Bear Lake Sedge Meadow (No. 323)

Bear Lake Sedge Meadow

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Barron County. T36N-R12W, Sections 11, 12, 14. 167 acres.

Description

Description

Bear Lake Sedge Meadow occupies a large embayment on the southern shore of Bear Lake, a hard water drainage lake. The sedge meadow is quite open, with scattered islands of bog birch, alder, black spruce and tamarack close to the lake. Much of the meadow is dominated primarily by woolly fruit sedge intermixed with three-fruited sedge, marsh cinquefoil, cotton-grass, and blue-joint grass. The wetland has a distinctly bog-like character, with sphagnum moss, round-leaved sundew, pitcher plant, , rose pogonia, northern bog goldenrod, and the rare dragon’s-mouth orchid (Arethusa bulbosa). Several species of bog shrubs including leather-leaf, bog-laurel, bog-rosemary, and Labrador-tea are scattered throughout. A small northern wet forest of tamarack and black spruce borders the lake and a fringe of alder-willow thicket lies along the remainder of the shoreline. This area is important habitat for rare birds including LeConte’s sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii), American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), and the yellow rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis). Bear Lake Sedge Meadow is owned by Barron County and the Village of Haugen and was designated a State Natural Area in 1997.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County Highways SS and V (Bracklin St) in Haugen, go west on V 0.3 mile, then north and west on VV (Fleety Ave) 1.6 miles to a parking area south of the road.

Ownership

Bear Lake Sedge Meadow is owned by:

  • Barron County

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