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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Richland Center High School Annual Craft & Vendor Fair 11/17/2019 Richland Center - 12.36 miles away
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Paws Fur the Holidays 11/09/2019 Richland Center - 12.71 miles away
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Rotary Lights in the Park 11/27/2019 - 12/31/2019 Richland Center - 12.72 miles away
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Christmas Creations Craft Show and Sale 11/30/2019 Fennimore - 15.65 miles away
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Country Christmas 12/06/2019 - 12/08/2019 Spring Green - 23.28 miles away
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Fall Art Tour 10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019 Dodgeville - 23.49 miles away
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Fall Art Tour 10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019 Spring Green - 24.67 miles away