- Natural areas
- Contact information
- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Honey Creek (No. 91)
Sauk County. T10N-R4E, Sections 2, 3, 11, 12, 14. T11N-R4E, Section 35. 695 acres.
Honey Creek State Natural Area lies along a portion of Honey Creek, a Class II trout stream that flows to the Wisconsin River. The topography ranges from creek bottoms and boggy areas through steep slopes and rock escarpments to upland ridges. Within the natural area boundaries, there are twenty-five distinct soil types. Given this range in topography and soils, it is no surprise that the site supports a varied and unusual flora and fauna. More than five hundred plant species thrive here. The site was originally protected as a bird sanctuary, and more than 80 species have been recorded during the nesting season. Unusual nesting species include veery, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated vireo, blue-winged warbler, Louisiana waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla), and Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens). Honey Creek is owned by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. It was designated a State Natural Area in 1971.
From the intersection of Highways 12 and PF, just west of Prairie du Sac, go west on County PF 14.3 miles, then west on Skyview Road (Lins Road on older maps) 0.5 mile to the site.
For available hunting opportunities, visit The Nature Conservancy's website: The Nature Conservancy.
Honey Creek is owned by:
- The Nature Conservancy
- Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
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.
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.
- 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
For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]