Bakken’s Pond State Natural Area
Bakken’s Pond is a great destination for birders. Journal entries from a local birder note “eagles’ nest and young, woodlands filled with warblers, Sandhill Cranes incubating eggs and Northern Harriers skimming the grasslands.” In the spring and fall, large concentrations of waterfowl are found here. This property lies within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway and features a cold, spring-fed stream with southern sedge meadow and oak barrens. There is extensive wet meadow of bluejoint grass and sedges, scattered woody vegetation and bottomland forest bordering the Wisconsin River, all offering excellent habitat for a large variety of birds.
Directions: From Spring Green, go west 3 miles on Hwy 14, then south on Dyke Road 0.6 mile, then west on Kennedy Road 0.6 mile to parking lot.
Gazetteer: Page 34, C-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 84, D-2 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/266-7012 (Wisconsin DNR).
Web site: WDNR Bakken's Pond State Natural Area
Signature Species: Black Tern, Pine Warbler, Bald Eagle and Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Rare Species: Blanding’s Turtle, Great Egret and Blanchard’s cricket frog.
Parking: Parking lot off Kennedy Road.
Nearest Food & Lodging: Spring Green and Lone Rock.