Blue River Sand Barrens State Natural Area

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Mayer
Photo Courtesy of Joshua Mayer
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The unstable, sandy soil of this 130-acre terrace along the Wisconsin River is one of the state's largest and best examples of a dry prairie-like landscape and -ômoving-ö sand dune communities. Moving sands are shaped by the wind, creating -ôblowouts-ö or large unvegetated depressions. A scattered forest of black and Hill-Æs oaks help to stabilize the sand in other areas providing habitat for false heather and bearberry that have adapted to the dry and harsh conditions. Reptiles like the six-lined racerunner live here along with many species of grassland birds and river turtles that nest in the dunes.

Nearby Places

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June Dairy Days / Rodeo Parade 6/13/2020 Richland Center - 12.68 miles away
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Memorial Day Parade and Program 5/25/2020 Richland Center - 13.02 miles away
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Wisconsin High School Rodeo Finals 6/12/2020 - 6/14/2020 Richland Center - 13.64 miles away
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Taste of Fennimore 3/07/2020 Fennimore - 14.7 miles away
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Outdoor Skills Day 2/01/2020 Fennimore - 15.83 miles away
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Gays Mills Spring Festival 5/08/2020 - 5/10/2020 Gays Mills - 18.2 miles away
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Dairy Days Celebration 6/20/2020 - 6/21/2020 Soldiers Grove - 18.73 miles away
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Spring Fling 5/15/2020 - 5/17/2020 Spring Green - 23.41 miles away