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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Page Creek Marsh (No. 330)

Page Creek Marsh

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Marquette County. T15N-R9E, Sections 21, 22, 25, 26. 643 acres.

Description

Description

Located in the central sands of Wisconsin, Page Creek Marsh is a large wetland preserve that supports a rich diversity of plants, rare meadow birds, and waterfowl. Dominant plant communities are northern and southern sedge meadow, and sandy oak savanna. Also present are fens, wet-mesic prairie, bog, and seepage lakes. Page Creek winds northwest near the west edge of the marsh through gently rolling farmland enhanced by remnants of native prairie and savanna. Broad sedge meadows, cat-tails, and areas of open water afford habitat to a variety of rare species including downy willow-herb (Epilobium strictum) and bog reed grass (Calamagrostis stricta spp). A portion of the sedge meadow is of boggy northern type with plant species including wiregrass, cotton grass, bog bean, and northern bog aster. The area is host to numerous other plant species including marsh marigold, lake sedge, turtlehead, water dock, sensitive fern, and wild rice. Page Creek Marsh is of particular value as a staging area for sandhill cranes during their fall migration. Luxuriant with emergent aquatic plants, the secure, deep-water habitat of the marsh provides cover for large numbers of birds every season. Page Creek Marsh is also important habitat for two rare animals the slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus) and blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii). Page Creek Marsh is owned by The Nature Conservatory and was designated a State Natural Area in 1996.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of U.S. Highway 51/39 and County Highway D just west of Packwaukee, go east on County D 3.45 miles, then north on K 0.5 mile to a parking area on the east side of the road.

For available hunting opportunities, visit The Nature Conservancy's website: The Nature Conservancy [exit DNR].

Ownership

Page Creek Marsh 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