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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Brockway Ponds (No. 635)

Brockway Ponds

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

Resource links:

Jackson County Forest


Overview

Location

Within the Jackson County Forest, Jackson County. T20N-R3W, Section 24. 84 acres.

Description

Description

Brockway Ponds is comprised of 5 separate ponds and associated wetlands. The ponds have naturally fluctuating water levels that periodically leave a broad apron of sand exposed along the shoreline. Plants colonizing this habitat include at least on rarity, with its distribution centered in the Atlantic coastal plain of the Eastern U.S. This and other plants found here depend on the fluctuating water levels that allow them to compete with other species only under these specific environmental conditions. Most are only seen during low water levels. The plants are also easily damaged by trampling and illegal vehicular use that often comes during years of drought or low water. In fact, a single rider could easily devastate the pond and its unique plant species in minutes. Most of Wisconsin's other coastal plains marshes are found primarily in Marquette and Waushara counties, making this outlier especially significant. Brockway Ponds is owned by Jackson County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.

Access

Driving directions

From Vaudreuil, go east on Highway 54 4.6 miles, then south on Funmaker Road 0.5 miles. Walk south across county lands to the ponds.

Ownership

Brockway Ponds is owned by:

  • Jackson 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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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