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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Fairy Chasm (No. 67)

Fairy Chasm

Photo by DNR


Overview

Location

Ozaukee County. T9N-R22E, Section 33. 22 acres.

Description

Description

Fairy Chasm features an 80-100 foot deep chasm that is cut through unconsolidated till by Fish Creek, a small, fast-flowing, drainage stream. The north-facing aspect, cool air drainage, and cool winds from the lake have created microclimates suitable for many species usually found much farther north. The steep, north-facing slope is forested with white pine, white cedar, paper and yellow birch, sugar maple, beech, and rabbit-berry. The gentler, south-facing slope supports a more mesic forest with an abundant juniper ground cover. Several northern plant species are found in the groundlayer including leatherwood, beaked hazelnut, several pyrolas, dwarf scouring rush, and sphagnum moss. Soils are sandy clay loams with sand lenses. Fairy Chasm is owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and was designated a State Natural Area in 1968.

Access

Driving directions

Permission for access is needed. From the intersection of I-43 and Brown Deer Road, go east on Brown Deer Road to Port Washington Road, then north to Zedler Lane, which is just before Port Washington Road crosses I-43, then east and north to Cedar Lane, then east to the site steward's residence - 621 E. Cedar Lane. Please contact the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust [exit DNR] for access permission and information.

Ownership

Fairy Chasm is owned by:

  • Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

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