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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Stockbridge Ledge Woods (No. 345)

Stockbridge Ledge Woods

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer, DNR



Calumet County. T18N-R18E, Section 12. T18N-R19E, Section 7. 43 acres.



Stockbridge Ledge Woods features a mature forest situated on the top of the Niagara Escarpment. The forest is dominated by large sugar maple, American beech, and basswood along with white oak and contains numerous savanna grasses and forbs. Its position atop the escarpment affords a scenic view of Lake Winnebago. There is a good diversity of tree sizes and an equally diverse understory. The herbaceous layer includes wood anemone, blue cohosh, nodding trillium, trout-lily, may-apple, bellwort, early meadow-rue, Missouri goldenrod, Pennsylvania sedge, thimbleweed, shooting-star, and hepatica. Ephemeral ponds are present throughout the flat crest of the outcrop. Stockbridge Ledge Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.


Driving directions

From the intersection of State Highway 55 and County Highway E in Stockbridge, go south on Highway 55 2.6 miles, then east on County Highway F 0.8mile, then north on Ledge Road 0.5 mile to the south boundary. The State Natural Area lies west of the road.


Stockbridge Ledge Woods is owned by:

  • WDNR


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.


Site objectives

Manage the site as an old-growth mesic forest and oak woodland reserve and an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the mesic forest. Limited understory thinning and shrub control, along with small patchy prescribed fire will be used to actively manage the oak woodland. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality mesic old-growth forests and oak woodlands.

Management approach

The property is primarily managed lightly, allowing nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. Light brushing and prescribed fire may be applied to enhance the oak woodland community. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, access to suppress wildfires, and maintenance of existing facilities. Salvage of trees after a major wind event may be considered after review by an interdisciplinary team.

Site-specific considerations

  • Roadside easement area may be managed sporadically by township.


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.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), 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
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Thursday, October 11, 2018