Boscobel Bluffs State Natural Area
Boscobel Bluffs is a scenic 389-acre property in Grant County overlooking the City of Boscobel. This property is within the Wisconsin River Valley, and includes unique wind-blown features, rare dry prairie habitat, as well as oak savanna and oak woodlands. According to the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory, dry prairie is considered globally rare and oak savanna is considered globally imperiled. These rare natural communities are home to species such as the State Endangered Wild Petunia, State Species of Concern Clustered Poppy Mallow, and State Threatened Tuberous Indian Plantain. This is also a great site for birding enthusiasts, as it is home to the elusive and State Threatened Hooded Warbler.
Boscobel Bluffs was purchased in June 2013 from the McNamee family with the support of the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and Endow-Bio, Inc, the First National Endowment for Biodiversity. John W. McNamee said the family was grateful the purchase made fulfilled the wish of his father, the late Dr. J.R. McNamee, to preserve the bluffland he owned east of Boscobel "as a wilderness and a permanent habitat for the many rare, and in some cases, endangered species of flora and fauna who call it home”.
This property is available for low-impact, nature-based public recreation and education. Hiking, birding, nature photography, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing are all allowed and encouraged at Boscobel Bluffs. Hunting and trapping is allowed as per state and local ordinances.
Directions: From La Crosse follow US-14/61 south to Readstown. Turn right/south onto US-61and follow for approx. 40 miles until you reach Elm St/US-61 in Boscobel. Then turn right/east onto Mary street, continue straight onto Fremont St./County rd MS. Destination parking is 2 miles ahead on the left.
Click here for a map of the Boscobel Bluff area.
You may have noticed flagging or paint on trees at Boscobel Bluffs - MVC is working with Wisconsin DNR as part of a Managed Forest Law contract. Undesirable timber, including pine plantations that weren’t historically native to the site, will be selectively thinned to help encourage natural oak regeneration. Thinning work may begin as early as winter 2016.