Havenwoods State Forest

Mystery Photos at Havenwoods

Do you like a good mystery? Try to figure out where these photos were taken at Havenwoods. Click on a photo to enlarge it. If you have questions about these mysteries, ideas for new mystery photos, or think you know the answer to the latest mystery, call or email Beth at beth.mittermaier@wi.gov.


Mystery Photo 1

Do you know what kind of tree this is or where it grows at Havenwoods? We know that someone planted it, because it is not growing in its native range. When you find it, try to guess how old it is. We may never know for sure, because the trunk is hollow, but we can guess its age based on the diameter of the trunk and the type of tree it is. Click here to check your answers.



Mystery Photo 2

Is it an old-fashioned keyhole? A mystery tunnel? Where does it lead? These are all good questions. However, to answer this season's mystery photo, you need to say where the photo was taken at Havenwoods, what year the structure was built, and why it was built. The last question is somewhat of a trick question because I'm not sure I will know if you are right or not! Click here to check your your solution to the mystery.


Mystery Photo 3

To locate this season's mystery, you will either have to be very familiar with every nook and cranny of Havenwoods OR you will need to understand the Public Land Survey System. To get credit for solving the mystery, take a piece of paper and a pencil with you when you go exploring. When you find the section center marker, place the paper on top of the metal disk and rub over it with the side of your pencil. Click here to check your answers.




Mystery Photo 4

I've been watching this little family of trees grow for several years. As you hike around Havenwoods looking for the place this photo was taken, you will probably be amazed at how many similar scenes you will find. When you find a mother tree and children, look for these things: two different kinds of "leaves" on the trees, signs of animal browse, children of different ages, the berry-like fruit of the tree, and birds eating the fruit and nesting in the trees. Click here to read more about it.



Mystery Photo 5

Have you seen these old round concrete foundations while walking at Havenwoods? I have some theories about when they were built and how they were used. When you find them, check them out thoroughly. What stories do they tell you? Click here to read my theories.



Mystery Photo 6

If you've spent much time hiking at Havenwoods, finding the location of this mystery photo will be easy! This tree stands like a sentinel watching over the park. What kind of tree is this and how long do you think it has been here? Click here to check your answers.

Mystery Photo 7

Most of Wisconsin's state parks and forests were something else before being set aside as park properties, and Havenwoods is no exception. This spring, watch for daffodils, tulips, peonies, irises, and other garden plants as you hike around Havenwoods. If you see them, look around for the foundations of old barracks and forgotten walkways. Nearby, you might also find trees and shrubs that are usually associated with landscape plantings (such as lilacs and evergreens). You will find several places on the property with old garden plants, but your challenge will be to find this group of daffodils! Click here to see if you found the right location.


Mystery Photo 8

You won't have to go far to find where this season's mystery photo was taken. You are looking for six trees arranged in two rows. To solve the mystery, you must tell me why the trees are grouped like this. While you are at the photo location, take a close look at the farthest tree on the right. You will find a cast iron rod about 20 feet up in the tree. Why is this rod here? To read the answer to this mystery, click here.


Mystery Photo 9

Timing is everything with this mystery photo! While you can find this old cast iron, brick, and mortar structure any day, it will only look like a water fountain a few days each year. What is it? Where is it? And why does it spout water every once in a while? To read the answer to this mystery, click here.


Mystery Photo 10

Havenwoods is fairly flat, and I'm fairly sure that all of the berms, mounds, and hills are not natural elevation changes. This earthen berm is no exception. While visitors have on occasion asked about the ancient burial mounds on the property, we know that these were added to the landscape recently. Your job is to find the earthen berm shown in this picture and explain when and why it was built. Find the answer to the mystery here.


Mystery Photo #11

When you look at the pile of bricks in this photo, you might be thinking that I'm getting desperate for a new mystery! However, these bricks have quite the story to tell. In case you can't tell from the photo, they are Cream City bricks. Good luck finding the location where this photo was taken. While you are out there, try to solve the mystery of how a pile of bricks ended up in the middle of a state forest. Find more questions than answers here!


Mystery Photo #12

This season’s mystery photo doesn’t come from an exact location on the property. Instead it is a certain kind of tree that is only located in two distinct areas at Havenwoods. Your job is to identify the tree, find its two locations, and tell why its distribution is so limited. Follow this link to find the trees.


Mystery Photo #13

Havenwoods is full of mysterious things—but by #13, you can expect the locations to be harder to find! This photo was taken on the northeast corner of the property. Do you know exactly where this concrete structure is located or what purpose it served? Follow this link to read the story behind the photo.


Mystery Photo #14

Having almost exhausted mysteries that are tied to a location, I'm going to start featuring photos of mysterious plants and animals. We'll start with one that you can find early this spring in wooded areas. The plant in the photo is about 1 to 2 inches across. What kind of plant is it? If you have questions or guesses, please give me a call (414.527.0232) or drop me an email (beth.mittermaier@wi.gov).