Located in the Town of Fredonia within the 435-acre Huiras Lake Woods and Bog Natural Area, Huiras Lake State Natural Area is 113 acres. This preserve contains 26 acres of back water seepage lake, 80 acres of hardwood and a conifer swamp. The lack of recent disturbances combined with absence of introduced exotic plant species renders this area among the most pristine wetlands in southeastern Wisconsin. Additionally, Huiras Lake’s plant communities are very unusual for the southeastern Wisconsin region. The plant communities of Huiras Lake are more typical of those found in Northern Wisconsin. Visit this preserve to hike, bird watch, fish, hunt, boat or cross country ski.
In 1999, OWLT purchased 103.5 acres within the 435 acre Huiras Lake Woods and Bog Natural Area. That acreage is known as the Huiras Lake property and features a 26 acre back water seepage lake. The lack of recent disturbances combined with absence of exotic introduced plant species renders this area among the most pristine wetlands in southeastern Wisconsin. Additionally, the plant communities of Huiras Lake are very unusual for the southeastern Wisconsin region. The wetland communities of Huiras Lake are more typical of those found in Northern Wisconsin. SignOwing to its unique wetland profile SEWRPC has categorized this site as an A-2 natural area of regional significance.
The OWLT property includes the majority of the Lake’s northern shoreline as well as 80 acres of hardwood and conifer swamp. There is a 26 acre backwater seepage lake located on the property. The remaining upland fields are being restored to native forest. The original hydrology of the site is being reclaimed by restoring wetlands that had been drained affecting the seasonally flooded lowland forest. This OWLT property is ideal for hiking, canoeing, bird watching and fishing.
Location: Access off Clover Valley Road 0.3 mile to a pull off where the road turns north. Fredonia, WI
Lat/Lon: N 43deg 30.85680 min W 87 deg 58.54956 min
North on Hwy. I . Go 2.4 miles north on I past the intersection with Hwy. Z in Waubeka. Turn left on Clover Valley Road. The trailhead is on the west side. This is a little south of Jay Road.
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