Caryville Savanna State Natural Area

Picture yourself canoeing or kayaking to a beautiful island in the Chippewa River where time seems to stand still and birds call from oak groves and grassy prairies. This is what you-Æll find when you visit the 420-acre Caryville Savanna State Natural Area located on Brush Island. Look for Orchard Orioles, Gray Catbirds, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the oak barrens, and keep an eye out for Clay-colored and Lark Sparrows in the prairies. When exploring the floodplain forest, look for Barred Owls, Whip-poor-wills, Red-headed Woodpeckers and Eastern Phoebes.


From the intersection of Hwys. 85 and Cty. H just north of Caryville, drive north on Cty. H 0.5 mile to a boat landing on the Chippewa River. Canoe downstream about 3 miles to Brush Island south of the main channel and north of Meridean Slough. Canoe acce