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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Fish Lake Meadow (No. 393)



WWithin Fish Lake Wildlife Area, Burnett County. T37N-R19W, Sections 6, 7, 18. T37N-R20W, Sections 1, 12, 13. T38N-R19W, Section 31. T38N-R20W, Section 36. 1880 acres.



Fish Lake Meadow is a vast northern sedge meadow bordering Fish Lake dominated by wire-leaved sedges and rushes. Dominant species are American woolly-fruit sedge, cord-root sedge, mud sedge, beaked sedge, few-seeded sedge, cotton-grass, and Juncus. Other plants include blue-joint grass, round-leaved sundew, narrow-leaved sundew, marsh cinquefoil, bog St. John's-wort, and steeplebush. Islands of leather-leaf and sphagnum moss are scattered throughout the site. Larger islands support shrubs such as speckled alder, white meadowsweet, black chokeberry, bog birch, and willows. A few trees are also present, mainly paper birch, red maple, and tamarack. The meadow is very wet, often with 4-12" of standing water. Bird life is diverse and includes a number of rare or uncommon species. The 200-acre Fish Lake occupies the northwest portion of the site. Fish Lake Meadow is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2003.


Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 70 and 87 in Grantsburg, go south on 87/48 2 miles, then west on Fish Lake Road 5.6 miles, then south on Shogren Road 2.3 miles, then east on the Southwest Dike Trail 0.4 mile to a gate. The meadow lies northeast of the trail.


Fish Lake Meadow 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.


Management objectives and prescriptions

  • Read the Glacial Lake Grantsburg Properties Master Plan.


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: Monday, June 10, 2019