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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Namekagon Fen (No. 476)

Namekagon Fen

Photo by Aaron Carlson


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Bayfield County. T43N-R6W, Section 27. 41 acres.

Description

Description

Situated within a depression of stagnation moraine is Namekagon Fen, an undisturbed, diverse fen community of sphagnum mosses, ericaceous shrubs, sedges, and insectivorous plants. Nested within the fen are a number of irregularly shaped pools (7 large, numerous small) supporting an extremely rich flora typical of both bogs and fens suggesting the possible existence of a nutrient or pH gradient and the influence of calcium rich water percolating through the system. Beds of bog-club moss are found where the moss is not thick. The fen is dominated by white beak rush with high numbers of pitcher plant, and thousands of horned bladderwort. Other plants are few-seeded sedge, cotton-grass, water bulrush, sundews, northern St. John's wort, bog buckbean, water shield, and rattlesnake manna grass. A small stand of swamp conifers with black spruce and tamarack bordered by common yellow lake sedge is found in the northern part of the site. The edges are shrubby with alder, mountain-holly, and common winterberry. Ericaceous species are common with bog-laurel, bog rosemary, leatherleaf, and blueberry. Birds include common yellowthroat, and olive-sided flycatcher. Namekagon Fen is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

The site is located 9 miles east of Cable, WI. From Cable, go east on County M approximately 9 miles, then go south on FR 203 0.5 miles for access to the west side of the site. The east side of the site is easily accessed by FR 200.

Ownership

Namekagon Fen 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