Hartman Creek State Park

Hartman Creek State Park is located in western Waupaca County, Wisconsin.  It features 1,500 acres forest, prairie and wetlands.  Probably its most sought after features are its lakes, and reservoirs.  There are many hiking, cross-country ski and one horse trail.  The park also has facilities for camping, picnicking and swimming.

Allen Lake Dam

A small dam that blacks up the water of a small stream, creating Allen Lake at Hartman Creek State Park.

Allen Lake

Allen Lake, Hartman Creek State Park.

Wood Anemone

The spring woodland wild flower Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) in bloom on the Allen Lake Trail.

Oak Galls

Oak Galls are caused by the invasion of wasp larvae, which feeds on the oak’s tissues, and lives inside.

Snapping Turtle

Early in the spring Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentine) sunning itself on the shore of Hartman Lake.

Sharp Lobed Anemone

The blue-pink to white flowes of Sharp Lobed Anemone (Hepatica acutiloba)

Canada Geese

Pair of Canada Geese on Allen Lake

Damsel Fly on a child's hand.

Damsel Fly on a child’s hand.

Skunk Cabbage later is spring with its leaves are fully developed.

Skunk Cabbage later is spring with its leaves are fully developed.

Beaver Tree

No other animal on the planet except humans makes such a direct impact on the world like beavers. They plug rivers, make ponds, wetlands and remove forests. Some have even claimed they changed the climate by increasing surface water, and therefore evaporation and precipitation. I’m not sure I completely buy it, but the effect on this Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) are obvious.

Pair of Canada Geese on Hartman Lake in winter

Pair of Canada Geese on Hartman Lake in winter

Whispering Pines

The Whispering Pines section of the park is not accessible through the main entrance.  It lies across the channel between Pope and Marl lakes.  Whispering Pines is a special place, tread lightly.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Hartman Creek State Park website.