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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Logan Creek (No. 543)

Logan Creek

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

Resource links:

The Ridges Sanctuary



Door County. T29N-R27E, Sections 28, 33. 166 acres.



Situated along the north shore of Clark Lake, Logan Creek features a northern wet-mesic forest dominated by white cedar and black ash. Canopy associates include yellow birch, balsam fir, hemlock, and white pine. Within the hummocky terrain are typical groundlayer species including common dewberry, American starflower, three-leaved goldthread, bunchberry, Labrador-tea, wintergreen, and naked miterwort. Scattered between the hummocks are pools that contains species such as marsh marigold, and sensitive fern. The southern portions of the site contain a second-growth upland hardwood forest dominated by sugar maple with beech, hemlock, white cedar, yellow birch, and black cherry. Common herbaceous plants include Canada mayflower, wild sarsaparilla, wood fern, yellow blue-bead lily, yellow trout lily, Pennsylvania sedge, sharp-lobed hepatica, and beech drops. Flowing through the site is Logan Creek, and 5.4 mile-long stream that flows southeast from Lost Lake and empties into Clark Lake. The creek is a designated an Outstanding Water Resource and supports the state-endangered small yellow crowfoot (Ranunculus gmelinii). Birds include ovenbird, red-eyed vireo, black-throated green warbler, eastern wood-pewee, great crested flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, and hermit thrush. Logan Creek is owned by The Ridges Sanctuary and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.


Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 57 and County V in Jacksonport, go south on 57 2.6 miles, then south on Loritz Road 0.25 miles to a parking area on the east side of the road. Trails wind through the site.


Logan Creek is owned by:

  • The Ridges Sanctuary


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.


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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Prohibited activities

  • 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
  • Geocaching

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

Last revised: Thursday, March 26, 2015