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

1
Richland County Fair 9/04/2019 - 9/08/2019 Richland Center - 13.64 miles away
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Apple Festival 9/27/2019 - 9/29/2019 Gays Mills - 18.54 miles away
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Driftless Area Art Festival 9/21/2019 - 9/22/2019 Soldiers Grove - 18.85 miles away
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Labor Day Celebration 8/30/2019 - 9/02/2019 Wauzeka - 19.11 miles away
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Viola Horse and Colt Show 9/20/2019 - 9/21/2019 Viola - 22.62 miles away
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BeatleFest 9/02/2019 Spring Green - 23.41 miles away
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Twilight at Taliesin 6/07/2019 Spring Green - 23.83 miles away
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Garden Tours at Taliesin 6/28/2019 Spring Green - 23.83 miles away