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Near Deerfield in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Goose Lake

 
 
Goose Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 5, 2011
1. Goose Lake Marker
Inscription. To your left is a "drumlin," a long streamlined hill formed by the last glacier about 15,000 years ago. A vast field of 40 drumlins, all pointing southwest, can be seen from high points in this area. Centuries ago, marshes, bogs and lakes formed in the low areas between drumlins.

A bog is a special kind of wetland. Its water is so cold and acidic that dead vegetation decomposes very slowly. Thick layers of peat build up over hundreds of years. In time tamarack trees, like those 300 yards in front of you, take root in the peat. Tamaracks are unusual conifers because they are not "ever green." They have bright yellow fall color and lose all their needles in late autumn. Tamaracks and other bog plants came here with the glaciers--possibly growing on top of the ice--and were left in the low pockets when the glaciers melted.

Many of the wetlands in this area were once drained for crop cultivation. However, as farmers learned that the low areas were prone to flooding and summer frosts, they abandoned the fields. Some of the tamarack bogs retain their native vegetation because they were never drained, but many years will pass before most of the wetlands appear as they once did.

A hiking and cross-country skiing trail begins at the end of Krueger Road, ½ mile west of here. This trail winds past marshes and
Goose Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 5, 2011
2. Goose Lake Marker
As mentioned in the marker, a drumlin is on the horizon to the left.
Mud Lake to Goose Lake--a large open bog.
 
Erected 1977 by the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
Location. 43° 5.158′ N, 89° 2.216′ W. Marker is near Deerfield, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on County Highway BB half a mile east of Krueger Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deerfield WI 53531, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marshall Academy and High School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lake Ripley (approx. 6 miles away); The Island Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Rockdale Mill (approx. 7.8 miles away); Drumlins (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Wisconsin Granger Movement (approx. 8.8 miles away); Pioneer Aztalan (approx. 8.9 miles away); Aztalan Mound Park (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers in the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
 
Categories. Environment
 
Goose Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 5, 2011
3. Goose Lake Marker
The marker, on the left, is in the Goose Lake Wildlife Area, the sign for which is to the right.
Tamarack Trees near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, May 5, 2011
4. Tamarack Trees near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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