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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Upper Kaubashine Creek (No. 650)

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Oneida County. T38N-R6E, Section 7. 264 acres.



Upper Kaubashine Creek supports an extensive wetland community that is relatively undisturbed and contains a regionally significant concentration of springs. The creek is an important cold-water tributary to the upper Tomahawk River that supports a variety of wetland communities along its riparian corridor. Dense spruce and tamarack swamps along the margins give way to shrubby fens surrounding several large springs, which drain into Kaubashine Creek. The unique water chemistry supports rare plants. There is a steep upland ridge along the southern end of the property, overlooking the stream corridor. Forest type on the upland areas consists of jack pine, red pine, and a mix of northern hardwoods or aspen. In this portion of Oneida County, the only remaining significant tracts of undeveloped natural pine forest are on state-owned lands along the major river corridors. The site also supports a number of uncommon boreal birds. Upper Kaubashine Creek is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2011.


Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 51 and Oneida Street in Hazelhurst, go west on Oneida Street 0.3 miles, then south and west on Cedar Falls Road 2.9 miles to an old logging road/access easement. Follow the access lane north (and across MFL land) approximately 0.5 miles, then walk west 0.25 miles to the east border of the natural area. Access is also available from the north and west across DNR eased and open MFL lands.


Upper Kaubashine Creek 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