Genevieve Lake Nature Preserve

Contiguous with the Nell Lake State Natural Area, this preserve protects the entire shoreline of Genevieve Lake.


A quarter mile of natural surface trails will take you around the south end of Genevieve Lake. There is no official put-in for nonmotorized boating, but the trail provides access to several points where a canoe or kayak can be carried to the lake.

Natural Features

The Genevieve Lake property, one of the ‘jewels’ of the Border Lakes Project, includes 3,690 feet of lake frontage and 445 feet of creek frontage. This property is contiguous with the Nell Lake State Natural Area, creating a block of approximately 175 acres of wild land, including a large expanse of acidic conifer swamp, and three undeveloped lakes.


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 Winchester, Vilas County

57 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Contact us for permission to visit. Take Hwy W west of Presque Isle for 5.5 miles. Turn north onto Harris Lake Rd. and continue for 1.9 miles. Turn left onto Serenity Ln. and continue 0.2 miles. Park by the preserve sign. 


 46.252806, -89.846124

Genevieve Lake Preserve parking spot 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; natural shoreline on a wild lake; public access; carbon storage and 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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