Oxbow Lake Conservation Area

This property protects shoreline on Oxbow Lake and has a pleasant, small seep flowing through it.

Natural Features

Oxbow Lake Conservation Area is primarily middle aged forest with upland areas being dominated by sugar and red maple. Closer to the shoreline of Oxbow Lake are several wetalnds, including an alder swamp along the west boundary line.


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 Isle, Vilas County

28 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Take Oxbow Rd. east of the Town of Presque Isle for 0.7 miles. Turn north onto Pomeroy Lake Rd. and continue 1.4 miles to the preserve. Park along Pomeroy Rd. There is no entrance sign for the property. 


46.254370, -89.692773

Oxbow Lake parking spot on Google Maps.


Dogs are welcome.

Hunting and Trapping are not allowed.


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

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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