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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Haymeadow Flowage (No. 482)
Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Forest County. T39N-R12E Sections 3-10, 17, 18. T40N-R12E, Sections 26, 33, 34, 35. 1,935 acres.
Haymeadow Flowage features a core of open and wooded wetland communities associated with the Haymeadow Creek and Flowage. Of note are old-growth hemlock-hardwood stands that are rare on this landtype on the Nicolet. There is good representation of the mature and seral stage forest communities that naturally occur on these rather dry and nutrient-poor habitat types. Wetlands range from open water and areas of cattails and floating sedge hummocks in the flowage proper, to black spruce muskeg-type bogs, mainly to the north of Haymeadow Creek. Several mixed conifer swamps with significant white-cedar components are scattered throughout the site, though none contain extensive areas of closed-canopy white-cedar. A high-quality open bog with two small bog lakes and a population of dragon's-mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) is located on the north edge of the complex. Several large red pine-dominated islands occur within the wetland matrix. Surrounding uplands are generally rolling pitted sandy outwash with some steep slopes bordering lowlands. A variety of communities occur, from stands of old growth hemlock-hardwoods to healthy younger mixed forests of red and white pine, red oak, red maple, and paper birch on the dryer, sandier soils. Most of the better upland stands are north of Haymeadow Creek, often in fairly narrow bands on steep slopes bordering lowlands. Ecological gradients are generally intact. Most upland stands have a mature pine component, often super-canopy white pine, with 26-30 inches in diameter fairly common in a few stands. Hemlock sizes are comparable, with one measured at 40 inches in diameter. The best stands exhibit a pronounced old-growth structure. Rare species include northern currant (Ribes hudsonianum), Canada yew (Taxus canadensis), yellow-bellied flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris), and Nashville warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla). Haymeadow Flowage is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.
From Eagle River, go east on State Highway 70 about 8 miles, then south on Military Road 3.4 miles, then east on Knapp Road 2.1 miles. Or continue south on Military Road another 1.6 miles, then south on Old Military Road 1.8 miles, then east on Hay Meadow Road 2.6 miles. The site lies east of the road. It is bordered by Sevenmile Lake and FR 2435 on west; FR 2179 on north and east. Several old logging roads and recreational trails provide access to various parts of the site.
Haymeadow Flowage is owned by:
- US Forest Service
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.
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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.
- 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
For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]