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Deer Mountain

No. 455


Photo by U.S. Forest Service


Situated on hummocky topography, Deer Mountain features a northern mesic forest with a canopy of sugar maple, basswood, and occasional beech. The ground layer is dominated by sugar maple seedlings, Canada mayflower, Pennsylvania sedge, bloodroot, and large-flowered bellwort. The rich habitat and leaf litter of the forest supports a state-endangered fern that is found in the humus-rich soils of northern mesic forests. It is easily overlooked due to its diminutive stature and the fact that it often never rises above the leaf litter. In addition, the fern often disappears during low precipitation years and remains dormant in the leaf litter making inventory and detection further problematic. Deer Mountain is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. If a developed trail is present, it will usually be noted on the SNA map and/or under the Maps tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

The good majority of SNAs are isolated and have few or no facilities. Some SNAs have vehicle access lanes or parking lots, but their accessibility may vary depending on weather conditions. Parking lots and lanes are not plowed during winter. Hiking trails may be nonexistent or consist of undeveloped footpaths. A GPS unit or compass and a detailed topographic map are useful tools for exploring larger SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Entrance fees: For non-DNR-owned SNAs, we are unaware of any vehicle or admission fees. However, please contact the landowner for more information.

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR-owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the landowner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the Resources tab.

Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.


Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Forest County. T34N-R16E, Sections 1-4, 10, 11, 12. T35N-R16E, Sections 25, 34, 35, 36. 2,089 acres.

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 32 and County C (Rogers St) in Wabeno, go east on C for 2.75 miles, then north on Camp 1 Road for 8.1 miles to the intersection with Bay Shore Road. The site lies south of this intersection.

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities.

Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details. The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries. To create your custom map where you can zoom to a specific location, please use the DNR's Mapping Application.

Property Map [PDF]

Deer Mountain is owned by: U.S. Forest Service