2.2.3 Unique Features and Scenic Areas
Two DNR Scientific and Natural Areas are present in the subwatershed: Wolsfeld Woods and Wood-Rill (see Figure 6). Wolsfeld Woods is an example of the original "Big Woods" forest that once covered the south central part of the state. The large, mature stand of hardwoods covers gently rolling hills with a wide variety of tree species, including red oak, ironwood, butternut, maple, elm, and basswood. Wolsfeld Lake is located within this Scientific and Natural Area. Wood-Rill also preserves a remnant of the Big Woods, with land cover including maple-basswood forest, wetlands, ponds, and wet meadows. A moist lowland forest of red maple, black ash, hackberry, basswood, and green ash, grades into a small tamarack swamp at one end.
The Luce Line Regional Trail passes through this subwatershed, as will the proposed Southwest Hennepin Regional Trail. The Minnesota Historic Features database notes 22 historic features in this subwatershed, most are residences or farmhouses or agricultural buildings. The listing includes a school and a cemetery as well as three bridges, including a Luce Line bridge.