Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

A rich diversity of aquatic plants lines the shore of Huiras Lake State Natural Area in Ozaukee County. © Thomas A. Meyer

A rich diversity of aquatic plants lines the shore of Huiras Lake State Natural Area in Ozaukee County.
© Thomas A. Meyer

August 2009

Wisconsin, naturally

Huiras Lake State Natural Area

Notable: Huiras Lake features a 26-acre pristine, hardwater seepage lake imbedded within a larger wetland matrix of hardwood and conifer swamp forests, shrub-carr, and marsh. Bog species such as pitcher plant, small cranberry, bog St. Johnís-Wort and bogbean are found in the acidic areas dominated by sphagnum moss. The lush growth of emergent vegetation and partial seclusion make this an excellent waterfowl nesting and migration site. The natural area is owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the DNR and is recognized by the Wisconsin Wetlands Associationís "Wetland Gems Program" as one of the state's 100 most significant wetlands.

How to get there: From the intersection of County Highways Z and I in Waubeka, go north on I for 2.4 miles, then west and north on Clover Valley Road 0.3 mile to a pull off where the road turns north. Walk south through the field to Huiras Lake. See Huiras Lake for more information.