Beaver Creek Reserve
Beaver Creek Reserve is a 360-acre property that includes the Wise Nature Center, Hobbs Observatory, and a unique Butterfly House. The property is a mixture of upland hardwood forest, prairie, and lowland floodplain forest. The waterfalls and sandy beaches of the Eau Claire River offer a glimpse of a Louisiana Waterthrush or a gray fox as they comes to drink the cool water. Tufted Titmice, Great Crested Flycatchers, American Kestrels and Cooper’s Hawks are found on the property along with Song Sparrows and House Wrens. Overlooking Beaver Creek, the Wise Nature Center offers interpretive displays and live animal exhibits. Miles of hiking trails, a wildlife photography blind, butterfly gardens, feeding stations and boardwalks make any visit here enjoyable. The Hobbs Observatory has a pair of computer-operated telescopes. The Butterfly House is a great place to photograph butterflies as they sip nectar on plants grown for them in the nearby greenhouse.
Directions: From Fall Creek, drive north 3.5 miles on Cty. K; then follow signs to the property.
Gazetteer: Page 61, B-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 55, C-5 (10th edition).
Web site: http://www.beavercreekreserve.org
Signature Species: Pine and Nashville Warblers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
Seasonality: Open all year, Mon-Fri 8am-4: 30pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm.
Parking: Parking lots provided.
Nearest food & lodging: Fall Creek, 3.5 miles south; or in Eau Claire 12 miles west.