Dorothy Lake State Natural Area Article

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Dorothy Lake State Natural Area
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Dorothy Lake
Map showing the location of Dorothy Lake State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Dorothy Lake State Natural Area
Location of Dorothy Lake State Natural Area in Wisconsin
Map showing the location of Dorothy Lake State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Dorothy Lake State Natural Area
Dorothy Lake State Natural Area (the US)
Location Chippewa, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 45°13′26″N 91°18′8″W / 45.22389°N 91.30222°W / 45.22389; -91.30222
DOROTHY LAKE STATE NATURAL AREA Latitude and Longitude:

45°13′26″N 91°18′8″W / 45.22389°N 91.30222°W / 45.22389; -91.30222
Area95 acres (38 ha)
Established2010

Dorothy Lake State Natural Area is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area featuring forested end moraine topography, with many steep-sided ridges and depressions. This results in a diverse mosaic of natural communities, including forests, swamps, fens, lakes, and streams. [1]

Location and access

Dorothy Lake State Natural Area is located in northern Chippewa County approximately 9 miles (14 km) west of Holcombe. Access is via a forest trail off of Deer Fly Trail, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of County Highway M. [2]

Description

The namesake of the natural area, Dorothy Lake, is a 5.2 acre soft-water seepage lake, and contains a large, diverse assemblage of invertebrates, as well as three rare plant species. Three smaller, unnamed lakes surround Dorothy Lake, one of which contains a high-quality floating poor fen border. The uplands surrounding the lakes and wetlands contain northern mesic and dry-mesic forests, of primarily white pine ( Pinus strobus), red pine ( Pinus resinosa), and red oak ( Quercus rubra). Rare plant species that can be found on the site include Blunt-Lobe Grape Fern (Botrychium oneidense), Prickly Hornwort ( Ceratophyllum echinatum), White Adder's Mouth ( Malaxis monophyllos), Farwell's Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum farwellii), Bog Bluegrass ( Poa paludigena), and Hidden-Fruited Bladderwort ( Utricularia geminiscapa). [1] [3]

References

  1. ^ a b Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Biotic Inventory and Analysis of the Chippewa County Forest" (PDF).
  2. ^ Dorothy Lake State Natural Area (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  3. ^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Dorothy Lake State Natural Area". Retrieved 2013-11-29.

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