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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Kidrick Swamp (No. 464)


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Taylor County. T33N-R2W, Sections 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32.

Description

Description

Kidrick Swamp is a large, hydrologically intact peatland complex of black spruce and tamarack bog and black spruce muskeg situated within a matrix of extensive upland hardwood forest. Numerous ericaceous understory shrubs are present including velvet-leaf blueberry, small cranberry, Labrador-tea, leather-leaf, creeping snowberry, and bog-laurel. Sedges include few-seeded (Carex oligosperma), boreal bog (C. magellanica), few-flowered (C. pauciflora), and three-seeded (C. trisperma). Tawny cotton-grass, tussock cotton-grass, and moccasin flower are also present. "Moated" areas along the swamp edges have cinnamon fern, false mayflower, and crested shield fern. On the nearly level, somewhat poorly drained ground moraine and surrounding upland islands are rich mesic hardwoods dominated by sugar maple, basswood, white ash, black ash, and red oak. A sparse, poorly developed shrubs layer is occupied primarily by alternate-leaved dogwood. White ash and maple seedlings are moderately dense. The stand is even-aged but large diameter white ash, black ash, and red oak are present in some numbers. The ground flora contains most of the rich site indicator species including wood anemone, dwarf ginseng, wild leek, bishop's cap, wild geranium, blue cohosh, and bloodroot. Many neotropical migratory birds breed here including the yellow-bellied flycatcher and golden-winged warbler. Other species include wood duck, alder flycatcher, sedge wren, veery, hermit thrush, mourning warbler, Nashville warbler, ovenbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, and white-throated sparrow. Kidrick Swamp is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

The site can be accessed from Jump River. From the intersection of Highways 73 and D just east of Jump River, go east on D 6.3 miles, then south on FR 113 2.3 miles. The swamp lies east of the road.

Ownership

Kidrick Swamp 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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Prohibited activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
  • Collecting of animals, 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
  • Camping and campfires
  • Geocaching

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

Last revised: Friday, October 17, 2014