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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Jones Lake (No. 531)

Jones Lake

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Bayfield County. T47N-R9W, Section 23. 44 acres.

Description

Description

Jones Lake is an undeveloped 37-acre soft-water seepage lake that supports dense stands of aquatic vegetation. At times, nearly the entire lake surface is covered with plants such as water shield, white and yellow water lilies, wild calla, bladderwort, and numerous pondweed species. The landlocked lake has a fluctuating shore that is bordered by leatherleaf, sedges, bluejoint grass, and cat-tails. The surrounding uplands contain white pine, basswood, and red oak with red maple. The understory is comprised of hazelnut, blueberry, American starflower, bracken fern, yellow bluebead lily, gaywings, wild sarsaparilla, and wintergreen. The entire lakeshore is publicly owned with Bayfield County lands surrounding two-thirds of the basin. Jones Lake is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 2 and County A in Iron River, go west on Highway 2 1.3 miles, then south on Orlowski Road 2.3 miles, then south on Iron Lake Road 0.1 mile, then south on Jones Lake Road 0.1 mile. The site lies west of the road.

Ownership

Jones Lake is owned by:

  • WDNR

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.

Objectives

Site objectives

Manage the site as an aquatic preserve and wetland protection area, as an oak barrens restoration site, and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the natural communities, along with prescribed vegetation manipulation in the wetlands.

Management approach

The native aquatic and wetland species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the lake. The native dominant oak barrens tree species (primarily oaks) form the basis for an oak barrens restoration. Some thinning of the canopy, understory manipulation and shrub control via harvest, brushing or fire may be needed to mimic natural disturbance patterns. Augmentation of the ground layer will only add species that historically would have been found on the site, using seeds or plugs from local genetic material; this usually occurs in the early stages of restoration. Other allowable activities throughout the site include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress wildfires.

Site-specific considerations

  • Roadside easement area may be managed sporadically by township.

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.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), 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
  • Drone use, unless authorized by a SNA research permit
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

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

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Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017