Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

The majority of the north bay on Papoose Lake is protected by this conservation area.

Natural Features

The preserve is made up of two parcels that protect almost the entire shoreline of the north bay on Papoose Lake. Forests on the property are mainly second growth dominated by sugar maple. Near the shoreline of the lake more conifers like white cedar, eastern hemlock, and large white pines can be found. Several wetlands on the property add to the diversity of the landscape and offer important wildlife habitat.


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

54 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Access is best by water. There is a public boat launch on the south end of Papoose Lake. Be careful not to trespass on private property when accessing the preserve. There is no entrance sign for the property. 


46.195155, -89.802904.

Coordinates are for the best landing spot for a canoe or kayak.


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

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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Oxbow Lake Conservation Area,

Vilas County

Genevieve Lake Nature Preserve,

Vilas County


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