Beulah Bog LbNA # 59517
|Placed Date||Sep 14 2011|
|Location||East Troy, WI|
|Last Found||Oct 18 2015|
|Last Edited||Oct 28 2015|
We’ve lived in Walworth County for many years, and didn’t find this little gem of a natural area until late summer, 2011. And what a find it is! The following description comes in part from the Wisconsin DNR website.
“Beulah Bog lies in a series of four kettle holes and features an undisturbed bog with many unusual plants more typical of northern bogs. Classical stages of ecological succession are exhibited in the bog including: a shallow bog lake dominated by watershield with white and yellow water-lilies and extensive floating mud flats; an advancing, quaking sedge and sphagnum mat between 25 and 50 feet wide; northern wet forest of tamarack and bog shrubs and; a wet open moat surrounding the main bog, dominated by wild calla and cat-tails. Undisturbed bogs in this area are rare and the site supports a number of regionally rare plants with more northern affinities including dense cotton grass, large and small cranberry, and small bladderwort. The site harbors at least six species of insectivorous plants and the state-threatened plant, kitten tails, is also found here. The bog lake provides habitat for several dragonfly species and other invertebrates. Beulah Bog is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1975.”
Kettle Moraine Land Trust (KMLT) adopted Beulah Bog under the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Adopt-A-Natural Area Program in 2009. Under this program KMLT has agreed to work to restore and manage this very special State Natural Area.
Drive Stringers Bridge Road just west of Lake Beulah. Keep your eyes open for a small gravel parking lot on the east side of the road, where you should park.
From the east side of the lot, follow the path east until you come to a wooden bridge. Before crossing the bridge, look to your left for a large fallen tree, about 10 feet off the path. At the trunk-end of the tree you will find what you seek.
If we haven’t experienced too much rainfall, you will be able to continue on the wooden plank path to reach the bog. Look carefully and you will see interesting plant species which are rare for the area. Take care not to step off the planks, or you’ll feel the Earth move under your feet!
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