Stands of old-growth white cedar trees still exists on the property. Old-growth white cedar is a relatively rare forest habitat type in Wisconsin and also often hosts rare orchid species. It also serves as an important deer yard. The Deerskin River in this section has a flowing gradient that is fun to paddle. An easy couple-hour float takes you downstream in a gentle current from the Nicolet National Forest to the river crossing at Rangeline Road just upstream from Scattering Rice Lake.
In August of 2017, NWLT acquired the property from the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The NWLT Board of Directors re-named the property to the Dan Wisniewski Deerskin River Preserve in honor of Dan, a long-time director who passed away in 2020.
Town of Washington, Vilas County
Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust
Only accessible by water. From Eagle River drive west on State Hwy 70 for 2.9 miles to Rangeline Rd. Turn north onto Rangeline Rd. and continue 2.2 miles until you reach the boat landing on the Deerskin River. Paddle upstream 1 mile to the preserve. The entrance sign is located along the north boundary of the property.
Deerskin River Preserve on Google Maps.
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; public access; carbon storage and other nature-based services that lessen the impacts of climate change; protection of old-growth forest
This project was supported by grants from the Caerus Foundation, Modestus Bauer Foundation, John C. Bock Foundation, and the Wisconsin Land Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation as well as private individuals and families.