Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area

The 482-acre Chiwaukee Prairie is one of the largest prairies in the state and the most intact coastal wetland in
southeastern Wisconsin. More than 400 species of plants thrive on this Lake Michigan coastal property, making it one of the most diverse properties in the State Natural Areas program. Rare animals are found here including
Blanding’s turtle and Franklin’s ground squirrel. More than 75 species of grassland and wetland birds have been
observed on the property, including Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and orioles.

Directions: Lying south of Kenosha and east of Hwy 32, Chiwaukee consists of two parts separated by 116th Street. The northern part between 116th and 85th Street is fragmented by roads and scattered homes. State
Natural Area signs mark the boundaries. The parking area for the southern part of the property is on 119th Street,
near 2nd Ave. (See Web site for access details.)

Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 31, D7 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 95, F-8 (10th edition).

Phone: 262/884-2300 (Sturtevant Service Center).

Web site: WDNR Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area

Signature species: Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, and American Woodcock.

Rare species: Upland Sandpiper and King Rail.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Kenosha.