Murphy Lake Road Conservation Area

This remote conservation area is great place to explore if you want to experience wilderness.
Natural Features

This forested property is in the heart of the Border Lakes region. Upland and wetland habitats can be found throughout, with a mix of hardwoods and conifers.


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 Preque Isle, Vilas County

~4 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

From Presque Isle take Hwy W west for 1.8 miles. Turn north onto Old W Rd. and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn north onto Murphy Lake Rd. and continue 2 miles to the preserve boundary. Park along Murphy Lake Rd. There is no entrance sign for the property. 


46.267739, -89.777267

Murphy Lake 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; 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

Oxbow Lake Conservation Area,

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Genevieve Lake Nature Preserve

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Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

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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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