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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The Great Wine and Chocolate Trail 5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017 Muscoda - 7.41 miles away
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The Great Wine and Chocolate Trail 5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017 Highland - 8.61 miles away
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The Great Wine and Chocolate Trail 5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017 Fennimore - 13.57 miles away
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Villa Louis Presents: Wisconsin Women of Style - The Victorian Wedding 5/06/2017 - 8/06/2017 Prairie Du Chien - 33.14 miles away
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The Great Wine and Chocolate Trail 5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017 Potosi - 36.85 miles away
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Branson on the Road Salute to America 5/25/2017 - 5/26/2017 Wisconsin Dells - 46.31 miles away
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Victorian Magic Lantern Show 5/27/2017 Wisconsin Dells - 48.34 miles away
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A Thrill in the Dark: The Victorian Magic Lantern Show 5/27/2017 Wisconsin Dells - 48.34 miles away