Willow Creek Fen

Put on your knee boots or water shoes to explore this spot. Who knew cotton could grow out of such a soggy site? Snails, butterflies, and deer, oh my!!

Geological History

This is a great example of a fen, a waterlogged, spongy deposit of peat which accumulated over thousands of years around an area of groundwater seep. Many unusual plants such as cotton grass are found in a fen due to the high concentration of minerals in the groundwater.

**This is a very fragile habitat, so walk with care. Bounce up and down and you will feel like you are on a sponge.

Location Description

Geese and wood ducks nest around the half acre of open water. Pheasants are in abundance in the uplands that surround. Deer are common and rare butterflies can be found here.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • 5940 Hwy 9 West of Harris (North of Ocheyden).
  • GPS Coordinants - N43 25.996 W095 36.863
  • 35 acres - Osceola County Conservation Board
  • Hiking, birding,prairie plants

Educational Activity:

View Willow Creek Fen via Google Map by Clicking HERE!

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