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U.S. Forest Service

Eastern Region Viewing Area


Deer Mountain location map Deer Mountain location map.

Looking south from Deer Mountain. Looking south from Deer Mountain.

Rock bald on south end of Deer Mountain. Rock bald on south end of Deer Mountain.

Rat River. Rat River.

Deer Mountain

Region: Eastern

Forest: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

District: Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, Laona Unit

Description: The highlight of this site centers on a forested quartzite monadnock featuring 200 feet of relief over 0.5 miles. The north end of Deer Mountain features shaded cliff faces and shaded bedrock glades. At the south end are open cliff faces with 30-40 feet of relief. The eastern and western slopes of Deer Mountain are cut by numerous, rocky riparian drainage-ways. These drainages are deep in places and may be as much as 10-12 feet deep and only 30 feet wide. Most of Deer Mountain is covered with a rich mesic forest with occasional hemlock stands on the northern and western edges.

The ground layer is typical rich northern hardwood flora including Virginia waterleaf, blue cohosh, large-flowered bellwort, zigzag goldenrod, sweet cicely, wood fern, lady fern, silvery glade fern, bloodroot and various club mosses. The richest areas follow the rocky, riparian drainages on the eastern and western slopes of Deer Mountain. These rocky ravines remain wet through the summer and some maintain flowing water. Silvery glade fern is the dominant fern along these drainage-ways.

Safety First: There are no established trails here so take a topographic map and compass. Many areas are rocky with uneven terrain so wear footwear with good ankle support. Spring weather is cool and sometimes rainy so dress appropriately. Ticks are plentiful in the spring and summer.

Directions: From the intersection of Highway 32 and County C in Wabeno, go east on C, then north on Camp 1 Rd. (FR 2361) to the intersection with Bay Shore Rd. (FR 2141) The site lies south of this intersection. Access is provided by FR 2141 and 2142 both border the site.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District

Closest Town: Wabeno, Wisconsin