This 275-acre reserve on the campus of UW-Stevens Point is a College of Natural Resources field station, providing rich learning and research opportunities for faculty and students. It is located on the north side of the city and serves as a trailhead for the Green Circle Trail that circumnavigates the city. The habitat is diverse with mixed conifer and deciduous forests, wetlands, a small woodland stream and 24-acre Joanis Lake. The Reserve offers 5.5 miles or trails. Its bird list is an impressive 218 species, with 33 species of mammals recorded on the site. In the spring, the amphibian chorus of frogs and toads sing nightly. The reserve’s visitor’s center houses the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame.
Directions: From I-39 take exit 161 to Bus 51/Division St; turn left at the stoplights onto North Point Dr; the Reserve is on the right just past Michigan Ave.
Gazetteer: Page 64, D-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 58, F-3 (10th edition).
Web site: Schmeeckle Reserve
Signature species: Wood Thrush, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.
Rare species: Carolina Wren,
Chipping Sparrow and Red-headed Woodpecker.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Stevens Point.