Carlin Lake Nature Preserve

This preserve protects scenic shoreline on a private lake in the renowned Border Lakes region of Wisconsin.

Natural Features

Carlin Lake Nature Preserve is primarily upland woods that  are comprised of mature sugar maple, making for excellent colors in the fall. A small open bog lies a few feet from the shoreline of Carlin Lake.


In October of 2018, the Last Wilderness Conservation Association transfered ownership of their conservation lands, including this property, to NWLT. The property is located in the “Border Lakes” Region of Vilas County, an area which has been recognized as a globally-significant conservation resource due to the abundance of inland freshwater lakes of glacial origin, significant wetlands, and upland forests that support biological diversity and recreational opportunities.

Town of Presque, Vilas County

~5 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Contact NWLT for access instructions


Dogs are welcome

Hunting and Trapping are allowed according to NWLT Guidelines.


The preserve is passively managed meaning activities only occur in response to natural disasters or threats to the conservation values.


Natural plant and animal habitat; water quality; other nature-based services that lessen the impacts of climate change

Funding Support

This project was supported by a grant from the Caerus Foundation and a major gift from a private individual/family.

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More to Explore

Van Vliet Lake Conservation Area,

Vilas County

Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

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Oxbow Lake Conservation Area

Vilas County


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