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Blue River Sand Barrens State Natural Area

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Mayer
Photo Courtesy of Joshua Mayer
View Website Favorite (4) Wightman Rd - Blue River, WI 53518
Information: 608-375-4123
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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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Center Color Fest 10/04/2019 - 10/06/2019 Richland Center - 12.24 miles away
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Center Color Fest Canyon of Lights Parade 10/05/2019 Richland Center - 12.24 miles away
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Encore Drive-In Nights Featuring Kane Brown 9/26/2020 Richland Center - 12.71 miles away
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Encore Drive-In Nights Featuring Kane Brown 9/26/2020 Richland Center - 12.71 miles away
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Heritage Day at Fennimore Railroad Museum 9/27/2020 Fennimore - 15.49 miles away
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CANCELED - Apple Festival 9/25/2020 - 9/27/2020 Gays Mills - 18.54 miles away
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CANCELED - Apple Festival 9/25/2020 - 9/27/2020 Gays Mills - 18.54 miles away
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CANCELED - Viola Horse and Colt Show 9/25/2020 - 9/26/2020 Viola - 22.62 miles away