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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Lawrence Creek (No. 70)



Within the Lawrence Creek Wildlife Area, Adams and Marquette County. T16N-R7E, Section 1. T17N-R7E, Section 36. T17N-R8E, Sections 31, 32. 288 acres.



Lawrence Creek is a cold, hard water trout stream with an excellent stream flora and fauna. Originating in ground moraine about one and a half miles upstream, the creek is internationally famous for research on brook trout ecology, life history, and management. The designated portion constitutes the main spawning area for a large reproducing population of brook trout, and has not been subjected to in-stream or bank manipulation, making it a valuable reference area for manipulated stream stretches. In-stream seepage springs and short spring runs contribute much to the water flow and composition. Stream vegetation is dominated by comb pondweed and waterweed with water parsnip, marsh marigold, common duckweed, water speedwell, and white water crowfoot. Oaks, basswood, alder, willows, and reed canary grass cover the banks. Lawrence Creek is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1968.


Driving directions

For the east unit: From the intersection of County Highways A and E in Lawrence, go north on A 0.75 mile, then west on Eagle Avenue 2.5 miles to a parking area north of the road. A trail leads north to the creek. For the west unit: From the intersectio of County Highways A and E in Lawrence, go south and west on County E 3.9 miles, then north on 2nd Avenue 1 mile to a parking area a the interesection with Eagle Avenue. Park and walk north 0.25 miles into the natural area.


Lawrence 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.


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