Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area

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Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area
Wisconsin State Natural Area
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Grandma Lake Wetlands
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Florence
Location Long Lake
 - coordinates 45°49′1″N 88°36′47″W / 45.81694°N 88.61306°W / 45.81694; -88.61306Coordinates: 45°49′1″N 88°36′47″W / 45.81694°N 88.61306°W / 45.81694; -88.61306
Area 495 acres (200 ha)
Founded 1996
Owner U.S. Forest Service
Location of Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area in Wisconsin

Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area featuring the undeveloped, pristine 44-acre Grandma Lake, which lies in a depression formed during the last glacial period. The lake is ringed by a large, open sphagnum bog mat. The bog mat is surrounded by a coniferous swamp of tamarack (Larix laricina) and black spruce (Picea mariana). The bog mat supports a plant community that is considered diverse and unusual, with several rare species present, including: bog arrow-grass (Triglochin maritima), dragon's mouth orchid (Arethusa bulbosa), livid sedge (Carex livida), small-headed bog sedge (Carex tenuiflora), as well as one of only a few known populations of bog rush (Juncus stygius) in the State of Wisconsin. In 1991, the US Forest Service designated the site as a Research Natural Area. Also, the site is listed as one of Wisconsin's Wetland Gems, by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.[1][2][3]

Location and access[edit]

Grandma Lake Wetlands is located within the Nicolet National Forest, in southwest Florence County, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Long Lake. Access is via a walking trail that leads west from Grandma Lake Road, approximately 0.5 miles south of its intersection with Tie Mill Road. A small, brown breeding bird survey fencepost marks the trailhead.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fouse, Fred. "Establishment Record for Grandma Lake Wetlands Research Natural Area within the Nicolet National Forest, Florence County, Wisconsin" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  3. ^ Wisconsin Wetlands Association. "100 Wetland Gems". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ Grandma Lake Wetlands State Natural Area (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 

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