Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area

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Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area is a lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pleasant Prairie, WI that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers



old growth

over grown



washed out

Chiwaukee Prairie is situated on gently undulating ridge and swale topography created when the level of glacial Lake Michigan was lowered in stages. It is one of the largest prairie complexes in the state and the most intact coastal wetland in southeastern Wisconsin. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. Over 475 species of native plants make this place a rare ecological treasure. Chiwaukee Prairie provides habitat for seventy-six species of birds (including blue-winged teal, little green herons, and wood ducks), ten species of snakes (none of which are poisonous) and five species of bats. Mink, badger, coyote, red fox, frogs and toads make appearances, as well as microscopic red-tailed prairie leafhoppers. Importantly, the site is also home to numerous state-endangered species, including silphium borer moths and Blandings turtles.

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