Wisconsin State Natural Areas

 
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Last updated 08/02/2020

Raw file: Wisconsin State Natural Areas.csv (39.32 KB)

Includes 342 locations in the following areas:

  • United States: WI
  • some may be in: IA, IL, MI (near a border)

Wisconsin State Natural Areas (SNAs)

This is a Work-In-Progress.

The State of Wisconsin describes State Natural Areas as "areas that protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites." There are currently 692 sites. The state website is:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/NaturalAreas/

and visitation guidelines can be found at:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/naturalareas/program.html

The POI locations in this file are the recommended parking areas for each SNA in most cases which may a parking lot. Some SNAs have several parking areas and I've chosen what may be the primary or central parking area. For large SNAs, you should check the SNA web page for the area you plan to visit and possibly choose one of the other locations to park. It is strongly advised that before planning a trip to any SNA, that you find the appropriate web page for that SNA and read its description so that you know what to expect. The POI locations may require your GPS to not have unpaved roads listed as a route Avoidance, especially for sites in National Forests. Each SNA can be found through a search by county or by name:

County: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/NaturalAreas/county.html

Name search: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/NaturalAreas/alpha.html

This POI file will include all SNAs eventually, including a few not generally suited for visitation which are asterisked in the County and Name Search and the POI file will not include a parking area. Always park safely, especially for side-of-road parking where the POI location is just approximate. The POI file will identify each in the following fashion:

County - SNA name - additional information

This file includes additional information, mostly walking directions from the parking area. Garmin automotive devices offer this information for each location but may involve scrolling or other action on the GPS to see these notes.

If errors are found in this file, please contact me directly or report them here:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/50720

Counties included in this file:

Adams
Ashland
Bayfield
Columbia
Dane
Door
Grant
Green
Green Lake (In Progress)
Iowa
Iron
Jefferson
Juneau
Kenosha
Lafayette
Langlade
Marquette
Ozaukee
Racine
Rock*
Sauk
Vilas
Walworth
Waukesha
Waushara

*Excludes private Fair Meadows and Koshkonong Corners SNAs. Contact the State Natural Areas Program for more information.