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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program North Otter Creek (No. 448)

North Otter Creek

Photo by U.S. Forest Service


Overview

Location

Located within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Forest County. T36N-R14E, Sections 7, 18. 724 acres.

Description

Description

North Otter Creek features a fairly extensive hemlock hardwood forest dominated by large sugar maple and eastern hemlock with basswood, and yellow birch. Situated in hummocky topography, these stands form the bulk of the upland acreage of the complex. Lower areas along stream segments are often forested with hemlock and northern white cedar. Lowland community types include an area of old-growth white cedar in the northeast corner of the complex. Tiny spring holes feed a small creek which flows through this stand. Other lowland community types include sedge meadow, shrub-carr, alder thicket, and black spruce-tamarack swamp. The riparian areas along the stream corridor are very diverse. One of the most interesting areas contains springs that originate in the uplands and that feed small spring ponds which in turn feed a small creek which then flows north into North Otter Creek. The opening along the stream corridor originated from beaver activity and now is an interesting mix of sedge meadow, alder thicket, and shrub-carr. This diverse complex supports numerous rare plants and animals. North Otter Creek is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

The site is located between Crandon and Laona approximately 2 miles north of Highway 8. From the intersection of Highway 8 and US Highway 55, go east on Hwy 8 5 miles, then north on Otter Creek Road 0.65 miles, then northeast on Margies Road 2.4 miles, then west on FR 2379 0.6 miles. The site lies northeast and southwest of the road.

Ownership

North Otter Creek 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