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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Borah Creek Prairie (No. 591)

Borah Creek Prairie

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

Resource links:

The Prairie Enthusiasts


Overview

Location

Grant County. T5N-R3W, Section 2. 140 acres.

Description

Description

Borah Creek Prairie contains dry-prairie remnants that support the state's third largest population of the federally-threatened prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya). Over 500 plants have been recorded in past surveys. The prairie bush-clover is considered a Midwest endemic species - a plant that is only found in the tallgrass prairie region of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. Borah Creek Prairie is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's federal recovery program which seeks to recover populations of prairie bush-clover by protecting and expanding both existing and potential habitat in Wisconsin. In fact, the prairie contains the largest amount of suitable habitat for this plant in the state. Located in the rolling topography of the Driftless Area, the site supports small patches of higher quality prairie within a matrix of surrogate grassland and is bisected by an intermittent stream. Although grazed historically, a diversity of native plants can still be found here. Dominant grasses include big and little bluestem, Indian grass, side-oats grama, and prairie dropseed. Some of the forbs present are pasque-flower, cream wild indigo, rattlesnake master, rough blazing star, yellow coneflower, bird's-foot violet, downy gentian, and hoary puccoon. In addition to the prairie bush-clover, other rare plants include wooly milkweed, prairie Indian plantain, Hill's thistle, wild quinine, and prairie turnip. Grassland birds using the area include upland sandpiper, eastern kingbird, brown thrasher, dickcissel, eastern meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow, and bell's vireo. Mississippi Valley Conservancy originally acquired the site with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and in 2010, ownership was transferred to The Prairie Enthusiasts. Borah Creek Prairie was designated a State Natural Area in 2009.

Access

Driving directions

From 18 and 61 in Fennimore, go west on 18 0.5 miles, then south on Rogers Street 0.5 miles. Continue south on Roger Hollow Road 2.7 miles, then west on Townline Road 0.8 miles, then south on Mt. Ridge Road 0.3 miles to a farm lane on the west side of the road. Walk west on the lane into the site.

Ownership

Borah Creek Prairie is owned by:

  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy

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