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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program North of North Shattuck Lake (No. 619)

North of North Shattuck Lake

Photo by Aaron Carlson



Within the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, Chippewa County. T32N-9W, Sections 24, 25. 297 acres.



Located within the rugged topography of glacial end moraine, North of North Shattuck Lake features a southern dry-mesic forest of red and white oaks, red maple, big tooth aspen, and basswood. Other tree species include butternut, northern pin oak, white pine, red pine, and black cherry. The site varies from a dense oak forest that is rapidly approaching old-growth, through patches with a light harvest a few decades ago, to patches of oak woodland found on steep south-facing slopes. Characteristic herbs are big-leaf aster, naked tick-trefoil, hog-peanut, wood anemone, wild sarsaparilla, wood thistle, round-lobed hepatica, one-flowered broomrape, round-leaf pyrola, and American starflower. Small, shallow lakes and depressions are interspersed throughout the site and provide habitat for a diversity of invertebrates. This area is an important site for migratory birds, which use the area heavily during spring migration. Resident birds include red-headed woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, scarlet tanager, American redstart, yellow-throated vireo, and Eastern wood-pewee. North of North Shattuck Lake is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.


Driving directions

NOTE: Public hunting is prohibited in the area between Long Lake and Larrabee Lake. Please see the Property Map for the specific location.

From the intersection of County SS and County MM in New Auburn, go east on MM 0.8 miles, then continue east on County M 4.7 miles, then north on State Highway 40 0.7 miles, then east on 267th Avenue 0.8 miles. The Ice Age Trail runs through the site.


North of North Shattuck Lake 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


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