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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Glocke Lake (No. 304)

Glocke Lake

Photo by Aaron Carlson



Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Oconto County. T33N-R15E, Sections 13, 14, 24. 162 acres.



Glocke Lake is a 28-acre muck-bottomed hard water seepage bog lake with neutral, light brown water and features a large well-developed sphagnum moss, sedge, and ericad mat surrounding the lake. The mat is over 50-feet wide in places and contains several rare plant species. Portions of the mat, which lack the deep sphagnum carpet, support masses of bog club-moss, horned bladderwort, narrow leaved sundew, round-leaved sundew, and pitcher plant. Common ericaceous species include Labrador-tea, bog-laurel, bog-rosemary and cranberries. The mat is also rich in orchid species. The small-headed bog sedge (Carex tenuiflora) is also found here. Surrounding the lake is a conifer swamp of tamarack and black spruce with scattered red maple, paper birch, white pine, and white cedar. The understory is dense with shrubs on the north end of the lake with speckled alder, mountain holly, and red-osier dogwood. Aquatic plants of the lake community include several pondweeds, yellow pond-lily, water-shield, and seven-angle pipewort. Birds present during the breeding season include common loon, sandhill crane, wood duck, veery, Nashville warbler, and white-throated sparrows. Common mammals using the area include black bear, snowshoe hare, muskrat, and white-tailed deer. Glocke Lake is owned by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 1996.


Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highway 32 and County Highway T in Townsend, go east on Village View Drive 0.1 miles, then north on Pickerel Lake Road 0.9 miles, then east on North Gluckie Lake Trail 0.6 mile, then southeast on Gluckie Lake Trail (unmarked) about 0.25 mile to an old logging road on the west. Park on the roadside and walk southwest 0.1 miles to the lake.


Glocke Lake 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.

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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.

The good majority of SNAs are isolated and have few or no facilities. Some SNAs have vehicle access lanes or parking lots, but their accessibility may vary depending on weather conditions. Parking lots and lanes are not plowed during winter. Hiking trails may be nonexistent or consist of undeveloped footpaths. A GPS unit or compass and detailed topographic map are useful tools for exploring larger SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Entrance fees: For non-DNR-owned SNAs, we are unaware of any vehicle or admission fees. However, please contact the landowner for more information.

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 "Resources" 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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Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.

Last revised: Monday, March 27, 2023