Muddy Creek Wildlife Area – Sedge Meadow and Old Elk Lake
Area: 195 Acres
Hiking Difficulty: C
The Sedge Meadow has been a designated State Natural Area since 2008. The long-term management goals for the area are to keep the Sedge Meadow free of invasive species and host to a plethora of plant and animal species native to the region. Old Elk Lake is one of two lakes in Dunn County making it a rare ecological resource. For Old Elk Lake, the management goal is to protect the shore from development and surrounding activities that may affect water quality.
Birds of Interest: Numerous waterfowl and shorebirds, Red-Necked Grebe, Trumpeter Swan, Great Egret, Black Tern, Yellow-Headed Blackbird
• Sedge Meadow features a unique plant composition due to its location near Wisconsin’s botanical transition zone
• A state-listed endangered species, the Red-Necked Grebe, can be found in the habitat around Old Elk Lake, located one mile south of the Sedge Meadow
• Old Elk Lake, home to mink, beaver and muskrat
Directions: From the intersection of County H and University Street in Elk Mound, go south on H 1.3 miles, then west on 490th Avenue one mile, then south on 890th Street 0.35 miles, then west on 470th Avenue 1.2 miles to a parking area west of the road. A second parking area is located another 0.2 miles down the road. Walk west into the meadow.