Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Brady's Bluff Prairie State Natural Area © Thomas A. Meyer, Wisconsin DNR

Brady's Bluff Prairie State Natural Area
© Thomas A. Meyer, Wisconsin DNR

February 2009

Wisconsin, naturally

Brady's Bluff Prairie State Natural Area

Notable: A dry prairie on a steep Mississippi River sandstone bluff rising 460 feet above the valley. More than 100 species of native prairie plants are found here. They include prairie larkspur and plains muhly grass, plants of the Great Plains that reach the eastern limits of their ranges here. In summer, look for the rare olive hairstreak butterfly or perhaps the wing snaggletooth land snail – but bring a hand lens. This gastropodís shell is less than 3mm long!

How to get there: Within Perrot State Park. From the intersection of Highway 35 and Main St. in Trempealeau, go south on Main St. about two blocks, then west into Perrot State Park on South Park Rd. 2.6 miles to a parking lot west of the road. Access is via the Brady's Bluff hiking trail. A state park sticker is required for entry. See Brady's Bluff Prairie for a map and more information.

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