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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Hawkinson Creek Wet Prairie (No. 626)

Hawkinson Creek Wet Prairie

Photo by Aaron Carlson



Within Chimney Rock Wildlife Area, Trempealeau County. T23N-R9W, Sections 3, 10, 11. 79 acres.



Hawkinson Creek Wet Prairie features an exceptionally plant-rich prairie situated along a Driftless Area stream. The hydrology appears to still be intact and there are numerous seeps and rivulets throughout the area. Along with an abundance of saw-toothed sage the site supports grasses including fringed brome, bluejoint grass, Canada wild rye, Upland wild timothy, and fowl manna grass. Forbs present include Canada anemone, swamp milkweed, shining aster, swamp thistle, common boneset, pale spiked lobelia, Michigan lily, spotted jewelweed, prairie alum-root, northern bedstraw, wild four-o'clock, mountain mint, swamp betony, and swamp saxifrage. While this site has probably suffered past grazing, few comparable wetlands exist within the Driftless Area. Hawkinson Creek Wet Prairie is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.


Driving directions

From the intersection of County Highways D and V in Strum, go west on V 3.2 miles, then south on State Highway 93 6 miles, then west and north on Highway Y 1.7 miles to a DNR parking area.


Hawkinson Creek Wet Prairie 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