This list of 100 Wetland Gems™ includes 93 sites selected for their ecological value. These sites are distributed throughout the state and include examples of all of Wisconsinís wetland community types. We have dubbed an additional seven Workhorse Wetland Gems™, sites that illustrate how wetlands deliver priceless services such as flood attenuation, water quality protection, and fish and wildlife habitat. Click the map image for a printable version of the statewide map, and click the links below to download a one-page "fact sheet" for each site with photographs and information on the site ecology, significance, flora, fauna, threats and access. Click here to view the Wetland Gems™ site list and details in spreadsheet format, including alternate site names. Click here to download the Wetland Gems™ program overview for information on how sites were selected, ideas for citizen and community involvement, a visitorís guide, and more. Materials on all 100 Wetland Gem™ sites are now available in a full-color, spiral bound compilation -- click here for more information on the Wetland Gems™ book.

Southeast Coastal Region

  • SC-1 Chiwaukee Prairie
  • SC-2 Des Plaines River Floodplain & Marshes
  • SC-3 Germantown Swamp
  • SC-4 Renak-Polak Woods
  • SC-5 Root River Riverine Forest
  • SC-6 Warnimont Bluff Fens
  • Southeast Region

  • SE-1 Beulah Bog
  • SE-2 Cedarburg Bog
  • SE-3 Cherokee Marsh
  • SE-4 Horicon Marsh
  • SE-5 Huiras Lake
  • SE-6 Lulu Lake
  • SE-7 Milwaukee River Floodplain Forest
  • SE-8 Nichols Creek
  • SE-9 Rush Lake
  • SE-10 Scuppernong River Area
  • SE-11 Spruce Lake Bog
  • SE-12 Sugar River Floodplain Forest
  • SE-13 Waubesa Wetlands
  • SE-14 White River Marsh
  • Central Region

  • C-1 Bass Lake Fen & Lunch Creek Sedge Meadow
  • C-2 Bear Bluff Bog
  • C-3 Black River
  • C-4 Blue Swamp
  • C-5 Comstock-Germania Marsh
  • C-6 Dewey Marsh
  • C-7 Jay Creek
  • C-8 Page Creek Marsh
  • C-9 Quincy Bluff & Sohlberg Lake
  • C-10 Suk-Cerney Wetlands
  • C-11 Summerton Bog
  • West Region

  • W-1 Big Swamp
  • W-2 Fort McCoy
  • W-3 Kickapoo Valley Reserve
  • W-4 Lower Chippewa River Delta
  • W-5 Lower St. Croix River Corridor
  • W-6 Lower Wisconsin River & Wyalusing State Park
  • W-7 Oak Ridge Lake
  • W-8 Snow Bottoms
  • W-9 Trempealeau River Sedge Meadow
  • W-10 Upper Mississippi & Trempealeau River National Wildlife Refuges
  • W-11 Van Loon Bottoms
  • W-12 Whitman Bottoms
  • Northeast Region

  • NE-1 Black Ash Swamp
  • NE-2 Brazeau Swamp
  • NE-3 Hortonville Bog
  • NE-4 Kangaroo Lake
  • NE-5 Kohler Andrae Dunes
  • NE-6 Mink River Estuary
  • NE-7 Miscauno Cedar Swamp
  • NE-8 Moonlight Bay & Connected Wetlands
  • NE-9 North Bay
  • NE-10 Peshtigo River Delta
  • NE-11 Point Beach & Dunes
  • NE-12 Rushes Lake
  • NE-13 Shivering Sands & Connected Wetlands
  • NE-14 West Shore Green Bay Wetlands
  • NE-15 Wolf River Bottoms
  • North Central Region

  • NC-1 Atkins Lake & Hiles Swamp
  • NC-2 Bear Lake Sedge Meadow
  • NC-3 Bogus Swamp
  • NC-4 Flambeau River State Forest
  • NC-5 Grandma Lake
  • NC-6 Hunting River Alders
  • NC-7 Jump-Mondeaux River Floodplain
  • NC-8 Kissick Alkaline Bog
  • NC-9 Rice Creek
  • NC-10 Savage-Robago Lakes
  • NC-11 Spider Lake
  • NC-12 Toy Lake Swamp
  • NC-13 Turtle-Flambeau-Manitowish Peatlands
  • Northwest Region

  • NW-1 Belden Swamp
  • NW-2 Black Lake Bog
  • NW-3 Blomberg Lake
  • NW-4 Blueberry Swamp
  • NW-5 Brule Glacial Spillway
  • NW-6 Crex Meadows & Rice Lake
  • NW-7 Empire Swamp
  • NW-8 Erickson Creek Peatlands
  • NW-9 Fish Lake Meadow
  • NW-10 St. Croix & Namekagon River Corridor
  • Superior Region

  • SU-1 Bark Bay & Lost Creek Bog
  • SU-2 Bibon Swamp
  • SU-3 Big Bay
  • SU-4 Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs
  • SU-5 Nemadji Floodplain Forest
  • SU-6 Outer Island Sandspit & Lagoon
  • SU-7 Pokegama-Carnegie Wetlands
  • SU-8 Red Cliff Raspberry Bay
  • SU-9 Sand Bay
  • SU-10 St. Louis River Marshes
  • SU-11 Stockton Island Tombolo
  • SU-12 Sultz Swamp
  • Workhorse Wetland Gems™: Featured Wetland Function

  • WH-1 Turtle Valley Wildlife Area: Wildlife Habitat
  • WH-2 Spoehrís Marsh: Fishery Habitat
  • WH-3 MMSD Greenseams Program: Flood Attenuation
  • WH-4 Halfway Creek Marsh: Water Quality Protection
  • WH-5 Oconto Marsh: Shoreline Protection
  • WH-6 Pheasant Branch: Groundwater Connections
  • WH-7 Mead Wildlife Area: Recreation & Education

  • All maps for the Wetland Gems™ project were created by Carolyn Sandberg of Sandberg Cartography.



    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    Many individuals contributed to this project, including site property owners, members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wetland Team, and many other partners and natural resource experts. Special thanks to Eric Epstein, Randy Hoffman, Mary Linton, Tod Highsmith and Carolyn Sandberg for exceptionally generous contributions of time and expertise. Laura England, former WWA Outreach Programs Director, led the Wetland Gems™ project with assistance from Katie Beilfuss, then WWA Programs Manager, and Becky Abel, former WWA Executive Director.

    The McKnight Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reform, funded the portion of this project focusing on Mississippi River Basin regions.

    Funding for the coastal regions portion of this project provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA07NOS4190064.