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Lawrence Lake

No. 404



Lawrence Lake features an undeveloped wild lake surrounded by northern wet-mesic forest, bog, and shrubs. The 50-acre seepage lake has very soft, slightly acidic, clear water. The area surrounding the lake is comprised of relatively steep terrain. The shoreline is ringed by a broad band of mixed hardwoods and conifers. Species include hemlock, black spruce, balsam fir, aspen, sugar maple, and red maple.

The lake contains an expansive littoral zone with a well-developed aquatic plant community consisting of emergent, floating leaf, and submersed plants including cat-tails, bulrush, smartweeds, and manna grass. This minimally disturbed area provides a habitat for many shorebirds, terrestrial and aquatic insects and aquatic and semi-aquatic furbearers. Three kettle depressions with shallow wetlands are located on the south shore of the lake. The fishery includes northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie, and perch. Lawrence Lake is owned by Langlade County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2003.

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.

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 Langlade County Forest, Langlade County. T32N-R12E, Sections 10, 15. 326 acres.

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 64 and 52 in Antigo, go east on 64 for 6.2 miles, then north on Polar Road for 5.6 miles to access the lane located east of the road and south of the field. Go east 0.5 miles and north 0.25 miles on the access lane to the southeast corner of the site.

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]

Lawrence Lake is owned by: Langlade County