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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Flora Spring Pond (No. 78)

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Langlade County. T31N-R13E, Section 1 NE¼. 40 acres.



Flora Spring Pond features a spring pond, a community that is common in this area but quite uncommon in the rest of the state. The spring pond forms the headwaters of Evergreen Creek, and has excellent water quality that supports a population of brook trout. Surrounding Flora Spring Pond is a conifer swamp of white cedar, black spruce, and hemlock. Some of the trees near the pond have died as a result of high water levels caused by beaver. From the north a small tamarack and black spruce bog drains into the spring pond. Waterfowl occasionally use the pond. Breeding bird surveys have found two rare birds – osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus). Other birds include barred owl, winter wren, black and white and blackburnian warblers, northern waterthrush, scarlet tanager, and purple finch. Flora Spring Pond is owned by Langlade County and was designated a State Natural Area in 1969.


Driving directions

From Elton go east on Hwy. 64 two miles, then north on Fraley Road 2.6 miles to an unnamed road, then east one mile to a trail that leads to the west side of the pond.


Flora Spring Pond is owned by:

  • Langlade County


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.


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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Prohibited activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
  • Collecting of animals, 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
  • Camping and campfires
  • Geocaching

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

Last revised: Friday, January 29, 2016