- Natural areas
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- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Chippewa Trail (No. 440)
Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Vilas County. T40N-R4E, Sections 17, 20, 21, 28, 29. 897 acres.
Chippewa Trail features a mosaic of northern mesic, dry-mesic, wet-mesic and wet forest and open bog communities with small acid bog ponds. Overall, the forest is of natural origin that, if allowed to age without manipulations, will increase in naturalness and approach old-growth condition. Significant upland forest types include older growth hemlock and hemlock hardwoods, along with mature white and red pine forest that has significant white pine reproduction. What is exceptional about this site is the evidence of natural processes functioning including successional changes, natural levels of disease, and natural regeneration of native species. The undisturbed kettle bog complex consists of a small, shallow soft-water seepage lake, sphagnum moss mat, ericaceous shrubs, sedges, and scattered small swamp conifers. Ground flora includes rattlesnake manna grass, tussock cotton grass, moccasin flower, marsh cinquefoil, bog buckbean, and rose pogonia. Throughout this site, community integrity is sustained and at nearly 900 acres, it approaches a size in which landscape functions and processes can occur. This site is also linked to the nearby Headwaters site at its north end and several other sites including Memorial Grove Hemlocks and Tucker Lake SNAs and small sites on Lower Rice Creek, Squaw Creek, and Amik Lake. Together, these comprise an important resource for preserving intact native communities. Chippewa Trail is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.
This site is located 15 miles west of Woodruff and 20 miles east of Park Falls, WI. Access is via State Highway 70 to Forest Road 509 (Chippewa Trail).
Chippewa Trail is owned by:
- US Forest Service
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.
See the "Ownership" tab above to determine if this State Natural Area is DNR-owned, 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.
- Cross country skiing
Many State Natural Areas are owned by DNR partner organizations and agencies. See the "Ownership" tab above to determine ownership of this SNA. Allowable recreational uses on partner-owned sites, and the rules governing them, may differ from those permitted on DNR-owned SNAs. Specific rules, especially for hunting and trapping, vary depending on the partner’s policies, and some may require a special permit. More details regarding use of partner-owned SNAs may be available under the "Access" tab above. If this SNA is owned by a partner, a link to the partner website is found at the top of this page. Please contact partners directly for more information on activities allowed on this property.
- 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]