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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Texas Island Woods (No. 603)

Texas Island Woods

Photo by Josh Mayer



Within Rome Pond Wildlife Area, Jefferson County. T6N-R16E, Section 15. 72 acres.



Texas Island Woods features a mature hardwood forest on an "island" within an extensive complex of marsh, meadow, and shrub swamp. The best developed stands are dominated by large red and white oaks with basswood and sugar maple in some areas. Canopy associates include shagbark hickory, red maple, black cherry, white ash, and green ash. Ironwood is a common sapling along with maple. The groundlayer is rich in spring ephemerals including rough bedstraw, wild leek, and wood anemone. Other showy spring bloomers include blue cohosh, large-flowered trillium, may-apple, white baneberry, hepatica, and wild geranium. Bird species include ovenbird, veery, yellow-throated vireo, wood thrush, rose-breasted grosbeak, baltimore oriole, and blue-gray gnatcatcher. Texas Island Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.


Driving directions

From the intersection of County Highways F and E in Sullivan, go south on County Highway E 2.5 miles to a DNR parking area west of the road. Hike west 0.5 miles into the natural area.


Texas Island 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.


Management objectives and prescriptions

  • Remove invasive species including garlic mustard and buckthorn.
  • Conduct prescribed burns to simulate natural processes.
  • Cut or kill maples as necessary to keep the area from being dominated by sugar maple.


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