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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Flume Creek Cedars (No. 586)

Flume Creek Cedars

Photo by Josh Mayer



Within the Little Wolf River Fishery Area, Portage County. T25N-R10E, Section 36. 138 acres.



Flume Creek Cedars features a clear, hard-water trout stream with a moderate flow and high scenic value. Small springs are common. The sand and rubble bottom stream flows through a large, dense white cedar and balsam fir swamp. Other canopy trees include hemlock, yellow birch, paper birch, and black ash. A small sedge meadow is also present. Aquatic insects such as stoneflies, caddisflies, and mayflies are abundant and brook and brown trout are present. The creek originates in Marathon County, then flows through the northeastern corner of Portage County and finally into the Little Wolf River. Flume Creek Cedars is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2008.


Driving directions

There are two public walk-in access easements for the SNA: 1) From Rosholt, go south on Highway 49 2.5 miles, then south on N. Lakeview Road 1.3 miles, then south on Linden Road one mile to a walk-in access located east of the road. Walk east 0.25 miles, then north 0.25 miles into the site. 2) From Rosholt, go south on Highway 49 2.5 miles, then south on N. Lakeview Road 2 miles, then south and east on Cedar Road nearly 0.5 miles, then south on an access lane to a DNR parking area. Walk south and west on the easement into the site. The easement is 16.5 feet in width. Please do not trespass on private lands. NOTE: The DNR easement located off Linden Road running east along Flume Creek is for fishing purposes only and cannot be used to access DNR-owned land.


Flume Creek Cedars 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.


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