LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.



 
Donate today: make a difference
Join the community of caretakers
Help preserve Wisconsin's State Natural Areas for future generations. Give to the Endangered Resources Fund today!
Donate today: make a difference
Find
a natural area by name.
Locate
a natural area by county.
Explore outdoors
and find places to go.
Use our interactive map
to find natural areas.
Volunteer
and help care for SNAs.
Contact information
For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist

Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Doering Woods (No. 481)

Doering Woods

Photo by L. Parker


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Price County. T40N-R3E, Sections 21, 22, 27, 28. 284 acres.

Description

Description

Doering Woods is a mature stand of hemlock-hardwoods which has a history of selective cutting throughout. Canopy dominants are hemlock, and yellow birch. Canopy associates include red maple, sugar maple, paper birch, and white pine with occasional white spruce, balsam fir, and basswood. The largest trees are white pine, several of which have girths in excess of 30 inches in diameter (dbh). Red maple and sugar maple are reproducing successfully, but very little hemlock reproduction is occurring. Deer are undoubtedly having a negative impact on hemlock and yellow birch regeneration both of which are favored by deer and intolerant of heavy browsing. Characteristic shrubs are mountain maple, beaked hazelnut, American fly honeysuckle, and red-berried elder. The groundlayer includes species such as intermediate wood fern, Canada mayflower, mountain wood-sorrel, three-leaved goldthread, and small enchanter's nightshade. Club-mosses are common throughout the tract. Other noteworthy species include slender lady's-tresses, creeping rattlesnake plantain, and spotted coral-root. Several spring runs occur within the site. Associated with these are pockets of wet forest in which the dominant trees are white cedar, black ash, and red maple. A 10-acre conifer swamp composed of black spruce and tamarack is also present south of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, which drains the nearby Pike Lake chain and flows southwesterly to eventually join the main channel of the Flambeau River. The river supports many species of game fish including walleye, muskellunge, and northern pike. In addition, the uncommon to rare lake sturgeon (Acipenser fluvescens) is found throughout the stream. Doering Woods is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 70 and 13 in Fifield, go east on 70 about 17 miles, then north on FR 144 2.3 miles, then east and north on Logging Dam Road to a parking area. Follow the hiking trail to the old logging dam and cross the river to obtain access to the north part of the Doering Tract. The south part may be reached by following a trail on the south side of the river west.

Ownership

Doering Woods 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.

Back to Top

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