Directions to Cable Natural History Museum & complete information
Foray goers needing lodging in town should plan to stay at the Lakewoods Resort, 21540 Co Hwy M, Cable, WI 54821. (715) 794-2561. However, please hold off on making reservations at least until the second week of May, after Britt has had a chance to make some arrangements with the resort when he visits Wisconsin in early May. For views and information, see the Lakewoods website: http://www.lakewoodsresort.com/
Foray goers can plan to arrive as early as Thursday, Sept 1; we can meet for dinner at 6 pm at the Rivers Eatery (inside the Ideal Market) right in “downtown” Cable. http://www.theidealmarket.com/Pages/Stoneovenmenu.aspx
Plan to convene at the Cable Museum of Natural History at 9 am on Friday, Sept. 2 for introductions and all information on where we will be foraying, etc.; forays will depart at 10 am. We will have morning and afternoon forays on Friday and Saturday departing from the Museum. Most of the foray sites are a short drive from the Museum; the farthest is about one hour. Foray sites will be scouted in the days leading up to the foray and chosen at that time.
We will plan for evening dinners together on Friday and Saturday at Lakewoods and/or another resort nearby. Dining in Cable is excellent and ranges from mid to upper range in price.
One day, forays will be open to the public and arranged by Emily Stone of the Museum; members of the WMS and MMS can serve as “experts” and to help with mushroom ID in the woods.
There will be no fees to attend this foray for members of WMS or MMS. Foray-goers are responsible for their own meals and lodging costs.
More about Bayfield County
Although one of the largest counties in Wisconsin, Bayfield County (I’m told) has not one stoplight. It’s mostly National Forest, and in September the forests are carpeted with mushrooms. The habitat is mixed forest: black, red, and white oak species; red, sugar, and mountain maple; birch (paperbark, yellow) and poplar; hornbeam and hophornbeam; basswood; tamarack and black spruce; red pine; and white pine. This is the westernmost limit of the eastern hemlock; they’re common here. There are bogs to investigate with pitcher plants and some of the largest populations of lady slipper orchids I’ve ever seen. Northern Wisconsin’s wolf population is increasing steadily (though you may not see any); you will certainly see and hear loons on Lake Namakagon daily; black bear and elk are commonly seen, moose less so; this is about the only place in the USA east of the Rockies where you are likely to see fisher and marten. Lake Namakagon is really huge and is one of only three lakes in Wisconsin managed as a “trophy musky lake.” The world record musky was caught nearby.
Historically, the “Northwoods” drew sawyers to the area to fell the massive white pines that abounded. You will get a chance to see giant old growth white pines in several areas; many of these sentinels have been fostering mushrooms for several centuries. Some of our forays will pass along the North Country Trail; this is the longest National Scenic Trail in the USA (4,600 miles) and stretches from NY to ND, linking seven northern states.
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