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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Oxbo Pines (No. 643)

Oxbo Pines

Photo by Drew Feldkirchner

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Flambeau River State Forest


Overview

Location

Within the Flambeau River State Forest. Sawyer and Price County. T39N-R2W, Sections 7, 18. T39N-R3W, Sections 12, 13. 287 acres.

Description

Description

Oxbo Pines features an extensive stand of natural origin dry-mesic forest on hilly, steep-sided pitted outwash and esker deposits. Found along the North Fork of the Flambeau River, the forest is dominated by mature 24-30 inch white and red pines with white spruce and fir important associates. Groundlayer species include early low blueberry, northern bush honeysuckle, bracken fern, rough-leaved rice grass, big-leaf aster, false melic grass, and wood anemone. The pine stands are imbedded within a mature aspen-birch forest which features scattered pines in the canopy, dense pole-sized white pine, and a very dense layer of beaked hazelnut. Oxbo Lake, a small bog lake at the north end of the site, is surrounded by an acidic black spruce/tamarack forest with inclusions of muskeg and poor fen. These wet areas grade into hemlock/white pine forest and a narrow zone of floodplain forest with swamp hardwoods that extends along the river corridor. The southern portion of the site is dominated by medium-rich northern mesic hardwoods with numerous small wetland depressions. These perched wet pockets support a significant concentration of ephemeral ponds. Small, intermittent streams interconnect and drain down to the river. Notable bird species include bald eagle, magnolia warbler, pine warbler, scarlet tanager, and black-throated blue warbler. Oxbo Pines is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County M and State Highway 70 in Draper, go east on 70 7 miles, then east on Oxbo Drive 0.3 miles, then northeast on Dix Dox Road about 1.6 miles. Park and walk southeast 0.2 miles into the natural area.

Ownership

Oxbo Pines 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