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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Blueberry Trail (No. 577)

Blueberry Trail

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

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Meadow Valley Willdife Area


Overview

Location

Within the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, Juneau County. T18N-R2E, Section 6. T19N-R2E, Section 31. 251 acres.

Description

Description

Blueberry Trail features a relatively undisturbed floodplain forest along a meandering, free-flowing stretch of Beaver Creek. The stream is deeply embedded in sand, with steep banks. Dominant trees are river birch, oak, pine, and red maple. In places, the forest grades into sedge meadow/poor fen, bluejoint meadow, and tamarack swamp. Just north of the creek is a white pine-red maple swamp, a community type that is restricted to the central sand plains area. Common understory plant species include huckleberry, cinnamon fern, skunk cabbage, yellow bluebead lily, and bracken fern. Rare plants include yellow screw-stem, long sedge, crossleaf milkwort, and bog fern. Two rare birds, the cerulean warbler and Louisiana waterthrush, have been present during the breeding season. Other birds include whip-poor-will, least flycatcher, golden-winged warbler, Nashville warbler, ovenbird, mourning warbler, and scarlet tanager. Blueberry Trail is owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and leased by the DNR. It was designated a State Natural Area in 2008.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County H and Highway 173 in Mather, go south on 173 1.8 miles, then southeast on Crescent Road 4.4 miles, then east on Drake Avenue/Mulloney Road 1.2 miles. Walk north into the site.

Ownership

Blueberry Trail 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.

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