Mink River Estuary
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Stretching southeast from Ellison Bay to the edge of Newport State Park, the Mink River Estuary acts, by grace of The Nature Conservancy, to protect the river system as it empties into the bay through marsh and estuary. Primarily a crucial ornithological migratory site, the waters also act as a conduit for spawning fish.
The topography of the 1,500 acres is astonishingly diverse and untouched; two threatened plant species—the dune thistle and dwarf lake iris—are found within the boundaries, and more than 200 species of birds pass through.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition