US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

Wetland types: Swamps                       photos courtesy of Steve Eggers

Willowsippi WMA
Willowsippi Wildlife Management Area

Swamps are wetlands with a canopy of trees or shrubs. They include forested floodplains along major rivers that are temporarily flooded in spring. Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin have extensive black ash and northern white cedar swamps on saturated, peaty soils of ancient lake basins. Shrub dominated swamps include "tag Alder" thickets and those composed of willows and dogwoods.

Mille Lacs Kathio Swamp
Mille Lacs Kathio Swamp

Types of plants found in swamps

 

Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis
"Jewelweed"
 


 Skunk Cabbage
Symplocarpus foetidus
"Skunk Cabbage"

Ilex verticillata fruit
Ilex verticillata fruit
"Winterberry Holly"