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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Nichols Creek East Cedars (No. 678)

Nichols Creek East Cedars

Photo by DNR

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Nichols Creek Wildlife Area


Overview

Location

Within Nichols Creek Wildlife Area, Sheboygan County. T14N-R21E, Section 18. 120 acres.

Description

Description

Nichols Creek East Cedars features a good quality, seepy, second growth northern wet-mesic forest dominated by northern white cedar. Paper birch, yellow birch, black ash, and some basswood are also present. Characteristic understory species include marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, zig-zag goldenrod, bishop's cap, marsh blue violet, swamp saxifrage, and swamp goldenrod. Also present are two connected spring ponds, each nearly oval and approximately 250 feet long. Joe-pye-weed, swamp lousewort, calico aster, giant goldenrod, and swamp aster surround the ponds. The water is clear and cold and flows through an eight-foot wide outlet of Nichols Creek. A glacial rise to the north is forested with shite and red oak, basswood, and ironwood. Resident birds include ovenbird, eastern wood-pewee, scarlet tanager, and blue-winged warbler. The Nichols Creek area has been recognized as a Wetland Gem [exit DNR]. The site is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2016.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highway 28 and County NN in Cascade, go north on NN 2.1 miles, then west on N 1.1 mile to a DNR parking area.

Ownership

Nichols Creek East Cedars 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.

Management

Management objectives and prescriptions

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