Buyer/Seller Program

“Sometimes the only way to save a piece of property is to buy it.” – Tim Hagen with Kimberly Kelling bought 98 acres on the Wisconsin River and granted a conservation easement to NWLT for permanent protection.

The Northwoods Land Trust helps to link potential conservation buyers with landowners who would prefer their property to be protected. NWLT will work with potential buyers who are interested in buying a property and then protecting it with a conservation easement or land donation.

The Northwoods Land Trust’s program simply hopes to link conservation-minded buyers and sellers, but does not act as an agent for either party. There are no fees for participating in the program. Due to potential conflicts of interest with possible pre- or post-sale conservation easement donations, NWLT does not become involved in negotiations between the sellers and buyers.

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Please select the map or click on a county below to locate a property.


Florence County

Premier Lake in the Nicolet National ForestHowell_Lake

A unique opportunity for someone to help protect a large forest block within the Nicolet, this 560-acre property surrounds a 177-acre spring lake. There is an existing small cottage and sugar shack on the property.

The site includes an estimated 10-12,000 feet of frontage on the lake, which has excellent fishing.  The lake was recognized as a “wild lake” by the Wisconsin DNR Northern Initiatives. A public carry-in boat/canoe/kayak access is located on the outlet stream, but there is no public boat landing on the lake.  Road access is off of State Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

The owner was offered $8 million by a developer, but indicated they would be willing to do a bargain sale for land protection purposes.

This property has extraordinary conservation values – a high priority site that is truly worthy of protection.

Amazing Acreage and Lovely Location!

Over 737 acres within the Nicolet National Forest. This property includes an eleven-acre lake, a pond and a stream separating the lake and the pond. The land is level to rolling with a network of interior trails constructed for both logging truck use and recreational trails for hiking, hunting and cross-country skiing.

The property has been managed for forest production and the forest includes northern hardwoods, aspen, balsam and spruce. Approximately 90 acres are in red and jack pine plantations. Deer, grouse and turkey are regularly seen, with bear, loons and sandhill cranes being common visitors.

An older farm house and two usable out-buildings sit near the lake with well, septic and a wood-burning furnace servicing the home.
Asking price is $1,430,000.

Forest County

Oconto River Trout Stream

This roughly 33-acre parcel features one-quarter mile of scenic frontage on the North Branch of the Oconto River. The property is located near the town of Wabeno close to state Hwy. 32.

The North Branch of the Oconto River is a class II trout stream with naturally-reproducing populations of brook trout and also stocked brown trout. The Oconto was also listed as a priority river segment for protection by the DNR Northern Rivers Initiative.

About 70-80% of the site is northern hardwoods, primarily 100-year-old sugar maples. Several thousand pine and spruce trees have been planted on the property, as have over 150 apple trees in a small orchard. The property has been in the family for over 100 years.

Sewer and water are available along one side of the parcel.  Asking price is reduced to $150,000.


McCaslin Mountain WoodlandsTabacikProperty

This property is in Marinette County (bordering Forest county). A 700-acre block of mixed woodland, the highlight of the property is McCaslin Mountain. McCaslin Mountain is one of the highest points in Wisconsin at 1,650 feet. The photo at right shows a scenic views that can be seen from the top of the mountain.

The property includes many springs and creeks, a network of logging roads, two eased access roads and is surrounded by other landowners of large tracts.

Appraised value is $1,100/acre. The asking price is now $770,000.



Iron County

No properties are listed in Iron County at this time.

Oneida County

Special for Silent Sports Enthusiasts!SquirrelRiver1

Several tracts of undeveloped land within one of the premier cross-country ski trail systems in the Midwest are now for sale to conservation buyers. These tracts range from 80 acres up to over 1,000, and are already protected in perpetuity with an NWLT conservation easement.

The protected lands encompass over 40 kilometers of exceptionally well-groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails as part of the Minocqua Winter Park system. This is truly a great opportunity for those who want to “put their money where their values are” and also enjoy superb cross-country skiing out their back door.

Each tract allows for construction of a small seasonal cabin, limited in size and characteristics so it doesn’t detract from the winter public recreation and conservation values of the Minocqua Winter Park site. This is not an upscale development couched in conservation terms – this is truly protected land that will allow for a select few property owners to enjoy the closest access possible to these outstanding ski and snowshoe trails.

The tracts feature varied terrain. Some include small, unnamed “wild” lakes, while others are located on river and stream corridors with their natural shorelines almost entirely protected.  Permanent public access is limited to winter recreation trail use, so each tract still includes the ability for the landowners to control hunting, fishing and other access to their respective areas.

For more information on these Minocqua Winter Park protected properties, contact Ed Duda at (715) 892-2055.

Buckskin LakeScanned from Madison Kipp Corp2010Resized-1 copy

On the border of Oneida and Vilas counties, just 15 minutes west of Minocqua, are over 180 acres of woodlands and wetlands on Buckskin Lake. The parcels include a total of 4,650 feet of sandy lake frontage on this 634-acre spring lake.

Scenic Buckskin Lake is accented with five islands and features excellent fishing for musky, walleye, bass, perch and panfish. Nesting bald eagles and osprey dominate the skies, while loon pairs call from the water.

There are two tracts – of 62 acres and 122 acres with 2,250 feet and 2,400 feet of shorelines respectively. The tracts are contiguous and may be purchased together or separately.

The property is not protected for conservation, but the owners are looking for a family, group of families or friends, or a corporation who would like to preserve this natural asset for future generations. Asking prices are $1,200,000 for the 122-acres, $1,300,000 for the 62 acres, or $2,200,000 for the entire property.

Please contact Reed Coleman or Ann Miller at (608) 242-5311 for more information.

Price County

Wonderful Woodlands

Located in the Town of Catawba is this 526-acre woodland that has been owned and managed with sustainable forestry practices by the same family for over 50 years! This property is nicely wooded with a very diverse mix of tree species complete with upland hardwoods, dense conifers and mixed-age classes of aspen.

Several intermittent creeks are found on the property as well and there is a network of trails already established. The family would like to see the acreage kept intact and bought by someone who will appreciate the conservation values there.

This property is listed with Compass Land Consultants. Price reduced to $394,500.

Vilas CountyPickerelLake

Pickerel Lake

Spawning beds for bass and panfish are visible off the shore of this donated 100-foot lot on Pickerel Lake west of Eagle River. The sale of the lot will support our conservation programs. Asking $110,000.

Contact NWLT for details.

Snipe Lake

UPDATE: SOLD!  56 acres of land and about 1,000 feet of pristine lake frontage already protected with a conservation easement. Congratulations to the new owner of this conserved property!

Harmony LakeHarmonyLake

Located just north of Eagle River in Vilas County, this property has a perpetual conservation easement on it. The land features about 1,500 feet of natural shoreline frontage on a private lake.

Harmony Lake is an 88-acre, clear water seepage lake. It has good fishing for largemouth bass and panfish. The frontage is sandy, with tall red pines lining the banks. Harmony Lake was identified as a “wild lake” by the Wisconsin DNR Northern Initiatives: Wild Lakes Program.

There are no buildings of any kind on the property, however the conservation easement allows for a 30,000 sq. ft. building zone to be surveyed. The easement permits construction of one single-family residence with a total maximum total horizontal footprint for all structures of 2,500 sq. feet. Forestry is allowed, and 18 acres are currently under the Managed Forest Law program. The property is listed with Eliason Realty of the North.

Hemlock/Hardwoods by the Nicolet

A 77-acre wooded parcel located close to extensive Nicolet National Forest lands, this scenic site includes about 15 acres of larger eastern hemlock, beautiful climax forest trees. The property is in Vilas County in the town of Phelps, and the site is adjacent to a wetland access to Big Sand Lake.

Northern hardwoods include sugar maple, yellow birch and other species, and have been selectively managed. The property is currently enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program, so property taxes are low.

The basic objective of the forest management plan, prepared by a wildlife biologist, is to manage the property for a mature northern hardwood/hemlock forest and associated wildlife species including barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, fisher and bobcat.

There are no structures on the property now, but the owner contemplated a small recreation cabin. For more information, contact Bob Evans at (906) 265-9175.