Little Bear Creek Conservation Area

This 40-acre property has nearly 2,500 feet of frontage on Little Bear Creek, and is entirely surrounded by public lands.

Natural Features

The property is comprised of diverse forests and wetlands. Little Bear Creek flows through the property from the Little Bear Flowage to the south. Large red and white pine are scattered amongst the young aspen and fir trees, and a small pocket of white cedar is present along the shoreline of the creek. Several mammals have been documented on the property, including the elusive moose.

There are no maintained trails on the property. Despite this, there are several game trails and old logging roads that meander through the property. A small, natural surface parking area is present on the property just south of highway 47. 


In May of 2024 NWLT purchased the property.

Town of sherman, iron County

 40 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

From Eagle River: Take Hwy. 70 west 23.3 miles. Turn left on Hwy. 51 and continue for 1.7 miles. Turn right on Hwy. 47 and continue 21.3 miles to the property. The parking area is located on the south side of Hwy. 47.


46.083153, -89.955457

Recommended parking area on Google Maps.

Dogs are welcome.

Hunting and Trapping are allowed according to NWLT Guidelines.


The preserve will mostly be  passively managed meaning activities only occur in response to natural disasters or threats to the conservation values. The intent is to allow for the continuation of natural processes while maintaining the integrity of the ecosystems.


Natural plant and animal habitat; water quality; increase connectivity of public lands; carbon storage and other nature-based services that lessen the impacts of climate change.

Funding Support

NWLT is currently fundraising for the expenses related to this project. To date, support has been provided by the Bacon family, Swisher family, and a grant from the Caerus Foundation. To donate to this project, use this gift form, with a note that it is directed to the Little Bear Creek Project.

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