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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Carver-Roehl Woods (No. 649)

Carver-Roehl Woods

Photo by Josh Mayer

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Carver-Roehl County Park


Overview

Location

Located within Carver-Roehl County Park, Rock County. T2N-R14E, Section 27. 26 acres.

Description

Description

Situated on older ground moraine from an earlier episode of Wisconsinan glaciation, Carver-Roehl Woods features scenic limestone cliffs bordered by southern dry-mesic forest. Carved by Spring Brook Creek, a small tributary to Turtle Creek that runs the length of the park, the shaded cliffs support bulblet fern, cliffbrake, clearweed, and Virginia creeper. Along the gently sloping stream bank and bottoms is a mesic forest dominated by large, mature bur oak, white oak, and black cherry with red oak, basswood, sugar maple, scattered black willow, and green ash. A diverse flora is found here – particularly where volunteers have worked to eradicate the non-native invasive garlic mustard. Plants include skunk cabbage, wild leek, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild ginger, blue cohosh, red fescue, and bloodroot. The upper woods are situated on rolling hills with mostly red, white, and bur oak with cherry, ironwood, sugar maple, and hope hornbeam. Ground flora is comprised of many native species typical to savannas including sharp-lobed hepatica, Robin's plantain, wood betony, smooth rock cress, shooting star, woodland phlox, and rattlesnake-root. Carver-Roehl Woods is owned by Rock County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2011.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Avalon Road and Highway 140 just east of Avalon, go south on 140 1.5 miles, then east on E. Larsen Road 1.7 miles, then south 0.3 miles on Carver’s Rock Road to the park entrance.

Ownership

Carver-Roehl Woods is owned by:

  • Rock 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