Bull Swamp, located on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, is one of the largest fens in the Southern Cascades. Fens are unusual habitats created by high water tables and accumulation of thick layers of peat. As a result, fens often contain plants not found in other areas and are great places to botanize.
Meeting Place: For those interested in carpooling, meet in front of the Klamath County Museum at 8:00 am. Otherwise, meet at Great Meadow SnoPark at 9:00. The SnoPark is located along Highway 140 about 1/4 mile west of the junction with Dead Indian Memorial Road and 1 mile east of the turnoff to Lake of the Woods. From there we will caravan to the site, traveling approximately 4 miles north on the Fourmile Lake Road.
What to Bring: Some areas will be wet or boggy, so please wear sturdy hiking shoes that can get wet, or rubber boots. Bring snacks and ample drinking water. Mosquito repellent is also recommended.
What to Expect: Bull Swamp contains a diversity of wetland plants. We will see sundews and bladderworts; carnivorous plants that trap insects in order to gain nutrients. There is also an abundance of mosses, including sphagnum moss and the rare species, Calliergon trifarium.
Physical Requirements: This walk is considered to be easy to moderate difficultly. We will walk less than 1 mile on flat, but uneven and boggy terrain.
Further Information: For information contact Erin Rentz at 541-883-6714.
The sticky leaves of the sundew Drosera rotundifolia