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Little Willow Drumlin

No. 437


Photo by U.S. Forest Service


Little Willow Drumlin features a mosaic of upland and wetland communities including the headwaters of Little Willow Creek, a tributary of the Willow River. The uplands are dominated by a rich, mesic sugar maple-basswood forest (AViO) grading through transitional hemlock (TMC) into mixed white cedar-black ash. The core uplands have a mature canopy structure with gaps and include large diameter (16-24 inch) sugar maple, basswood, white ash and red oak with scattered hemlock.

Coarse woody debris and snags are scattered throughout. The ground flora is typical of rich (AViO) northern forests. The conifer swamp is dominated by a white cedar (12-16 inch) and black ash and typifies northern wet forest. Rare and uncommon plants include Assiniboine sedge, spreading wood fern, and American ginseng. Other notable attributes include numerous ephemeral ponds and the site's remote nature. Little Willow Drumlin 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 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 the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Price County. T38N-R3E Sections 13, 14, 23. 560 acres.

Driving directions

The site is located about 17 miles east of Fifield, WI on Highway 70. From Fifield, go east on 70 for 17 miles, then south on Forest Road 132 for 9 miles, then east on Forest Road 131 for 2.3 miles to unnamed private access on the north side of FR 131. The site lies about 1 mile north of this point.

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]

Little Willow Drumlin is owned by: US Forest Service