DMNA Area Natural Resources

 

Apache Pond:  Apache Pond in the City of Fitchburg below Crescent Road at Apache Drive. Accessible from Crescent Road, about 1.28 acres (Lots 19 & 20).  Facilities include detention pond that helps remove sediment from run-off, walking path around the entire pond, bench, picnic tables, and boardwalk to the Cannonball Path, and mature trees. A rain garden, native wildflowers, and water plants were planted by the community in 2011.  Dogs must be under the control of the owner.

Dawley Conservancy:  A 42-acre conservancy area of prairie and woods located in the City of Fitchburg on both sides of Seminole Highway.  Bike hub is located on the hill overlooking Dunn's Marsh.

Dunn’s Marsh:  Located in the City of Fitchburg (but is owned by the City of Madison) located just south of the Cannonball Bike Trail.  Accessible from Seminole Highway, the Apache Pond boardwalk, Cannonball Path, the Capital City Trail, and the Southwest Commuter Path & Badger State Trail.  About 50 acres including 21-acre deep-water marsh.  Facilities include bike trails, retention pond at the intersection of Seminole Highway and the Cannonball Path, parking lot in Dawley Park and bike path down to the Capital City Trail. Premier bird watching, especially water birds.

Dunn’s Marsh (North) Natural Area:  Nearly 8 acres of Marsh and wooded area located at 4523 Crescent Road in the City of Fitchburg.  South of Crescent Road between Apache Drive and Red Arrow Trail.

Dunn’s Marsh – The Preserve:  Over an acre of a natural area with some mowed paths located at 4523 Crescent Road in Fitchburg behind The Preserve Condos south of Crescent Road. Accessible from Crescent Road and the Cannonball Trail.

University of Wisconsin Arboretum:  Twelve hundred acres including prairies, forest, ponds, botanical gardens, miles of walking trails and a Visitor Center. Many family-centered nature activities are scheduled throughout the year.

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Family of Ducks - Dunn’s Marsh

Family of Ducks - Dunn’s Marsh

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Picnic table - Apache Pond

Picnic table - Apache Pond

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Gravel path - Apache Pond

Gravel path - Apache Pond

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Wooden bridge - Apache Pond below Crescent Road

Wooden bridge - Apache Pond below Crescent Road

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Great white egret - Dunn’s Marsh

Great white egret - Dunn’s Marsh

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Fall marsh scene - Dunn’s Marsh

Fall marsh scene - Dunn’s Marsh

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Red Arrow Pond sign - Crescent Road

Red Arrow Pond sign - Crescent Road

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Purple clover - Dawley Conservancy

Purple clover - Dawley Conservancy

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Dunn's Marsh

Dunn's Marsh

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Pond with algae, wild flowers in front - Apache Pond

Pond with algae, wild flowers in front - Apache Pond

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Tree - Dunn’s Marsh

Tree - Dunn’s Marsh

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Sandhill cranes - Dunn’s Marsh

Sandhill cranes - Dunn’s Marsh

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