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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Schluckebier Prairie (No. 541)

Schluckebier Prairie

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

Resource links:

The Prairie Enthusiasts


Overview

Location

Sauk County. T9N-R6E, Section 4; T10N-R6E, Section 33. 23 acres.

Description

Description

Schluckebier Sand Prairie is one of the last surviving remnants of the 14,000 acre Sauk Prairie, a vast grassland that covered the area prior to settlement. The small dry to dry-mesic prairie lies in the Otter Creek watershed and is situated on part of an old Wisconsin River terrace. The site is just southwest of the moraines that mark the southern extent of the Pleistocene glaciation, placing it within Wisconsin's Driftless Area. The prairie supports a good diversity of native plants and insects including the federally-threatened prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya) and the state-endangered red-tailed leafhopper (Aflexia rubranura). Other plants include little bluestem, June grass, Virginia dwarf dandelion, short green milkweed, bird's-foot violet, pasqueflower, prairie smoke, flowering spurge, spiderwort, and rough blazing-star. Except for a few small patches on slopes and along the edges, it is believed that the entire site had been plowed as early as the 1850's. An area to the south was also grazed until 1969. Because of its sandy soil and rapid depletion of nutrients, the site was abandoned for cultivation purposes and native species that had disappeared were able to recolonize the prairie. Also present, perhaps due in part to human disturbance, are sand blows that provide microhabitats for specialists like false heather, a pioneer plant that helps stabilize the sand blows. Today, with a management regime of prescribed fire, brushing, and invasives control the condition of the prairie is improving. Schluckebier (SCHLUCK-e-beer) is a German name meaning "drink a beer". The site is owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts and was designated a State Natural Area in 2006.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 12 and County PF west of Sauk City, go west on PF 1.5 miles to a small dirt lane and parking area south of the road.

Ownership

Schluckebier Prairie is owned by:

  • The Prairie Enthusiasts

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