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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Marshall's Point (No. 204)

Marshall's Point

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer



Door County. T31N-R28E, Section 24. 122 acres.



Marshall's Point contains a relict boreal forest dominated by white cedar, balsam fir, and white spruce and includes 2000 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. Old beach lines form limestone ledges 2 to 4 feet high and provide local relief on the otherwise level topography. The coastal location along the Door Peninsula, with its cool microclimate, is partially responsible for the presence of the boreal forest and the rich association of mosses and liverworts found here. The vascular plant flora is equally as rich in diversity containing several rare and restricted plants. A northern mesic forest, undisturbed for more than 100 years, is located near the peninsula's center. Soils have formed over limestone bedrock and have accumulated raw organic matter. These are termed raw humus rendzina, an extremely rare phenomenon. Nesting birds include winter wren, golden-crowned kinglet, blackburnian warbler, northern parula, and white- throated sparrow. Marshall's Point is owned by Marshall's Point Association and was designated a State Natural Area in 1986.


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This site is privately owned and public access is restricted to research and educational purposes only. Contact the State Natural Areas Program for more information.


Marshall's Point is owned by:

  • Marshall's Point Association
Last revised: Friday, December 27, 2019