Beaver Creek Hemlocks Conservation Area

This property has an incredible diversity of natural communities, including pockets of hemlock-hardwoods with old-growth characteristics.


Nearly 3 miles of natural surface hiking trails loop through the property. From the parking area follow a ridgeline bordering the cattail marsh surrounding Beaver Creek. After crossing a small wetland via 100 feet of boardwalk, begin exploring the old-growth hemlock-hardwoods. Take the short loop (~1 mile) or make the trip around the long loop (~2.5 miles).

Natural Features

This conservation area features excellent trail for hiking and snowshoeing. The upland areas contain pockets of old-growth hemlock-hardwoods, leading to views of very large trees. The cattail marsh can be a great place to view wildlife during spring. A small bog pond along the north boundary of the property likely contains interesting plant life.


In May of 2021, the majority of the property was purchased from the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands through a land exchange transaction. Prior to that, a roadside parcel was purchased from a private landowner for access purposes.  Today the conservation area is primary location for NWLT’s public educational and recreational programming. 

Town of Sherman, Iron County

257 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

From the intersection of Hwy 51 and Hwy 47 in Manitowish, drive south on Hwy 47 for 3.7 miles. Turn right on Hwy 182 and continue for 13.5 miles. A gravel parking lot is on the east side of Hwy 182.


45.991917, -90.170011

Beaver Creek parking area on Google Maps

Hunting and Trapping are allowed according to NWLT Guidelines.


The land is managed to encourage old-growth forest characteristics and provide public access for recreation.

Natural plant and animal habitat; water quality; public access; carbon storage and other nature-based services that lessen the impacts of climate change; protection of old-growth forest
Funding Support

This project was supported by grants from the Caerus Foundation, John C. Bock Foundation, American Natural Heritage Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, James D & Jane P Watermolen Foundation, Modestus Bauer Foundation, and the Wisconsin Land Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, as well as many private individuals and families.


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Major Initiatives

Explore the three initiatives that NWLT is advancing to benefit current and future generations.

Old Growth Forest Initiative

Less than 1% of old-growth forest remains in northern Wisconsin todayand they deserve protection.

Shoreland Initiative
Shoreline Protection Initiative

Our region includes one of the highest densities of inland freshwater lakes in the world and headwaters to major river systems. 

Conservation Priority & Climate Resilient Areas

Nature-based solutions offer real hope for lessening climate impacts at home and capturing and storing carbon.


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