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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Canoe Landing Prairie (No. 526)

Canoe Landing Prairie

Photo by Aaron Carlson


Overview

Location

Within the Eau Claire County Forest. T26N-R5W, Sections 15, 16. 44 acres.

Description

Description

Situated on gently rolling to flat sandy uplands near the Eau Claire River, Canoe Landing Prairie supports a diverse oak barrens and prairie community of variable composition and structure. Hill's oak is the dominant tree with red pine occasionally present. Hill's/black, white, and bur oak are present as grub trees. A rich prairie understory is present in places while others tend to be dominated by heath-like species such as American hazelnut, early low blueberry, and sweet-fern. Big bluestem, little bluestem, side-oats grama, and prairie brome are grasses found in the prairie understory. Prairie forbs include butterfly milkweed, short green milkweed, sky blue aster, prairie coreopsis, flowering spurge, blue toadflax, hoary puccoon, goat's-rue, Missouri goldenrod, arrow-leaved violet, and bird's-foot violet. The site also contains wild lupine, which provides the necessary food source for the federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) caterpillar. The Karner blue is restricted to habitats that contain wild lupine, a beautiful purplish-blue flowering plant that is the caterpillar's only food plant. Canoe Landing Prairie is owned by Eau Claire County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2006.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 12 and County G in Augusta, go north and east on G 7.6 miles, then east on Channey Road 3.7 miles, then south on Canoe Landing Forest Road 0.6 miles. The site lies east and west of the road.

Ownership

Canoe Landing Prairie is owned by:

  • Eau Claire County

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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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: Thursday, August 14, 2014