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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Skinner Creek Hardwoods (No. 647)

Skinner Creek Hardwoods

Photo by Emmet Judziewicz

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Flambeau River State Forest


Overview

Location

Within the Flambeau River State Forest, T36N-R3W, Section 7, 8. 228 acres.

Description

Description

Situated on rolling terrain near the confluence of Skinner Creek and the South Fork of the Flambeau River, Skinner Creek Hardwoods supports a mature second-growth forest with a rich spring ephemeral display comprised of species near the northern limits of their range. Trees range from 6-20 inches in diameter, dominated by sugar maple, basswood, white ash, yellow birch, and ironwood. Ground flora includes blue cohosh, bloodroot, wild leek, maidenhair fern, squirrel corn, trout lily, large-flowered bellwort, round-lobed hepatica, false rue anemone, and large flowered trillium. Several unique microhabitats, including ephemeral ponds and forested seeps are embedded within the mature forest that is approaching old-growth in some areas. Perched wet pockets are common in shallow depressions on poorly drained silt loam soils and support swampy hemlock forest or mixed swamp hardwoods. A small, nearly level outwash terrace supports an unusual swamp hardwood forest of black ash, green ash, basswood, and bur oak. White pine is locally abundant in some areas. Birds include eastern wood-peewee, scarlet tanager, least flycatcher, black-throated green warbler, American redstart, ovenbird, mourning warbler, and rose-breasted grosbeak. Skinner Creek Hardwoods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of US Highway 8 and County M (Factory Street) in Hawkins, go west on Highway 8 4 miles, then north on Hackett Road 5.6 miles, then northeast on Skinner Creek Road 2 miles. Walk west into the eastern unit of the SNA. Follow the creek about 0.5 miles west into the westernmost SNA unit.

Ownership

Skinner Creek Hardwoods 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