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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Dorothy Lake (No. 630)

Dorothy Lake

Photo by Aaron Carlson


Overview

Location

Within the Chippewa County Forest, Chippewa County. T32N-R8W, Section 25. 95 acres.

Description

Description

Dorothy Lake features a diverse mosaic of natural communities and supports numerous rare plant and animal species. Dorothy Lake is a 5.2 acre soft-water seepage lake and supports an extremely diverse invertebrate fauna. A small, soft-water unnamed lake is found just north of Dorothy Lake in an open wetland with an intermittent outlet into Mud Creek. Two other unnamed lakes are located just south of Dorothy Lake, the smallest of which supports a high quality floating poor fen border. Surrounding the lakes is northern dry-mesic forest with mature white pine, red pine, and red oak. High quality wetlands between and adjacent to the lakes are rich in plant species diversity. Rare plants include Farewell's water-milfoil, hidden-fruited bladderwort, prickly hornwort, and white adder's-mouth. Dorothy Lake is owned by Chippewa County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highway 63 and County CC in Cornell, go north on County CC 5.3 miles, then west on County M 5.7 miles, then south on Deer Fly Trail 1.8 miles. Walk west into the site.

Ownership

Dorothy Lake is owned by:

  • Chippewa County

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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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: Tuesday, October 21, 2014