Location: Waupaca County
Area protected: 160 acres
Protection strategy: conservation easement
Austin Creek is a prime example of the “special places that make Wisconsin Wisconsin.” One of the Sand Country Trout Streams highlighted in the Wisconsin Land Legacy Report, Austin Creek “originates in the recessional moraine left by the last advance of the glaciers.” Converging within the Conservancy’s 160 acres are two high quality streams with a rich and diverse aquatic insect life supporting its healthy trout population.
Glacial deposits and a scenic, wooded drumlin add diversity to the already varied landscape of conifer swamp, sedge meadows, wet prairie, three ponds, and second-growth forests with dozens of different tree species and pine plantations in the Managed Forest Program.
Austin Creek is a haven for birds and animals alike. These, and dozens of other species, have chosen Austin Creek as their home:
- red fox
- great blue heron
- sandhill crane
- snowy egret