Bloch Oxbow State Natural Area

This 614-acre State Natural Area (SNA) is one of the best examples of northern dry-mesic forest remaining in Wisconsin. Large red and white pines tower over a canopy of red oak and red maple. A floodplain forest of silver maple with green ash, elm, bitternut hickory, and cottonwood this far north is an unusual habitat. Old farm fields are being restored to native prairie. The Peshtigo River flows through the area attracting many species of waterfowl and wading birds. The woodlands support warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Great-crested Flycatchers, and Baltimore Orioles.

Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 41 and Cty B in Peshtigo, go south 1.3 miles on Cty B to Cty BB 2.8 miles to a parking area east of the road. The best pines are east of BB.

Bloch Oxbow State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 80, D2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 50, F-1 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/582-5000 (Wisconsin DNR).

Web site: WDNR Bloch Oxbow State Natural Area

Signature Species: Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Bank Swallow, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Rare Species: Caspian and Forester’s Terns.

Seasonality: Accessible yeararound.

Parking: Provided.

Nearest food & lodging: Peshtigo and Marinette.