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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program LaFave Swamp (No. 492)

LaFave Swamp

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Oconto County. T33N-R17E, Sections 26, 35. 125 acres.

Description

Description

LaFave Swamp features an older northern wet-mesic forest dominated by white cedar with black spruce and tamarack. Coarse woody debris is common. Most of the cedar is less than 12 inches in diameter, although individuals up to 20 inches diameter are scattered throughout the site. Hemlock, black ash, red maple and paper birch are also present in the overstory. A strong red maple and alder sapling/shrub layer is present in the western part of the natural area but is absent in areas where white cedar is more common and casts a dense shade. The understory is rich is mosses, lichens, liverworts, and ferns with goldthread, fringed polygola, naked miterwort, and other characteristic species present. White adder's mouth, a small, bog orchid found in conifer swamps, has also been found here. A cool, unnamed headwater creek meanders through the site and flows into the North Fork Thunder River, an outstanding/exceptional resource water and Class I trout stream. LaFave Swamp is owned by the U.S. Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highway 32 and County Highway W in Mountain, go east on County W 8.5 miles, then north on FR 2101 (La Fave Road) 4.6 miles. Walk west into the site.

Ownership

LaFave 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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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