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LaSage Bottoms

No. 660


Photo by Eric Epstein


LaSage Bottoms features a second-growth floodplain forest situated along the Lower Wolf River. The forest is dominated by silver maple with swamp white oak and green ash. It is variable in quality stemming from recent selective logging; however areas of higher quality have trees of 20 inches in diameter or more. The southern mesic forest is found on portions of the elevated floodplain terraces and contains a moderately rich spring ephemeral display. Species include white trout lily, wild geranium, woodland phlox, hog-peanut, wild ginger, toothwort, spring beauty, sweet-scented bedstraw, and mayapple. This site contains important habitat for at least two rare birds. Both species require intact, mature forests for breeding. LaSage Bottoms is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2012.

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 normally 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.

Entrance fees: Except for Parfrey's Glen, the Cambrian Outlook in the Dells of the Wisconsin River, SNAs within State Parks and some within State Forests, all other DNR-owned SNAs do not have any admission fees. For more information, see Wis. Admin. Code NR 45 [exit DNR]. For non-DNR-owned SNAs, we are unaware of any vehicle or admission fees. However, please contact the landowner for more information.

Allowable activities: DNR-owned land

The activities listed below are generally allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted above and posted with signs on the property site.

Prohibited activities: all SNAs

Although a handful of sites allow activities like primitive camping (e.g. Lower Chippewa River on sand bars) or horseback riding (e.g. S. Kettle Moraine), the activities listed below are generally prohibited on DNR-owned SNAs.

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead.
  • Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Drones: Flying-related activities, including the use of drones, hang-gliders and model airplanes, are prohibited. Permission may be issued by the SNA Program for the use of drones for educational or research purposes
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use.

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR].


Within the Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area, Outagamie County. T22N-R16E, Sections 7, 8, 18. 125 acres.

Driving directions

From the intersection of County S and Highway 78 north of Stephensville, go west on County S 1.2 miles to a DNR parking area north of the road. Park and walk north along the west bank of the river 0.5 miles into the natural area. The area is best seen by canoe. Public access is available just east of the parking area on County S along the east bank of the Wolf River.

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]

LaSage Bottoms is owned by: Wisconsin DNR

Management objectives and prescriptions

  • Allow development of old-growth characteristics in stands 2, 6, and 15 primarily through passive techniques.
  • In stands 13 and 14, utilize adaptive management techniques that address the compositional and structural features outlined in the management objectives. Where appropriate and feasible, use forestry practices to hasten the development of old-growth characteristics and compositional diversity.
  • Monitor and control invasive exotic species.
  • Avoid the introduction and/or spread of invasive species, particularly reed canary grass in the understory of this community when conducting silvicultural or other management activities.
  • Do not salvage trees after a major wind event.

Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area

Lower Wolf River Bottomlands Natural Resources Area Master Plan