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Mud Creek Wetland

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Counties: Oconto


Mud Creek Wetlands, 6 Sept. 2000. Narrow sandy beach at Lade Beach, south of Lade Beach Road. Photograph, E.J. Judziewicz.

Site Description

Mud Creek Wetlands are located along the western shore of lower Green Bay. This area is a large, although somewhat disturbed, complex of wetlands that includes emergent marsh along the shore which grades into large stands of shrub and hardwood swamp. Fluctuations in water level caused by seiches have both short- and long-term impact on coastal vegetation, influencing the composition of the marsh, as well as the extent and character of available wildlife habitat.

The western shore of lower Green Bay, although quite developed, still has a large amount of wetland acreage. Areas surrounding Mud Creek Wetlands has been developed for agricultural and residential uses. The area has historically received use as a migratory stopover for songbirds, waterfowl, gulls, terns, waders and shorebirds.

Additional Comments

Though somewhat degraded, the large wetland acreage here is important to many animals, especially migratory birds. Additional field inventory is needed to better determine the significance of this site.

Text describing this site was published previously in a 2002 DNR publication entitled “A Data Compilation and Assessment of Coastal Wetlands of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” by E.J. Epstein, A. Galvin and W.A. Smith.

NOAA logo Wisconsin Coastal Management Program logo This project was funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Last revised: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:21:12 CDT