Puchyan Prairie State Natural Area

This site is a mosaic of open wetland communities including sedge meadow, marsh and low prairie in the floodplain of the Puchyan River. As you walk toward the river, the vegetation grades into a broad shallow marsh. A small island in the wetland contains black and bur oak trees surrounded by hazelnut shrubs. The bird list for this 169-acre property is extensive. As you explore the property, look for mink and ground squirrels. The display of wildflowers is diverse with 130 native species recorded.

Puchyan Prairie State Natural Area map

Directions: From Green Lake, go north 1.3 miles on Hwy 49, then west 3 miles on Cty J, then north and west on 1.3 miles on Cty CC, then north 0.4 miles on Puchyan Marsh Road to the southwest corner of the site.

Gazetteer: Page 45, A-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 78, A-3 (10th edition).

Phone: 920/361-3149 (Berlin WDNR).

Web site: WDNR Puchyan Prairie State Natural Area

Signature species: American Bittern, Black Tern and Northern Harrier.

Rare species: Blanding’s turtle, King Rail, Henslow’s Sparrow and Le Conte’s Sparrow.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Park along road.

Nearest food & lodging: Green Lake.