Pinkerton Thunder Lake Conservation Area

Over a mile of shoreline on Thunder Lake, a Wisconsin wild lake, is protected here along with expanisve bog communities.

Natural Features

With over a mile of shoreline on Thunder Lake, a designated wild lake, this property has massive benefits for water quality and wildlife habitat. The shoreline is primarily bog with tamaracks and black spruce forest. The upland ridge along the peninsula on the east side of the property contains young hemlock and balsam fir. Many interesting wetland plants may be found in the boggy areas during spring and summer.


In October of 2022, the property was donated by Tad and Hannah Pinkerton.

Town of Three Lakes, Oneida County

62 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Access to the preserve is best by water. The nearest boat landing is on the south shoreline of Thunder Lake. From Three Lakes, Take Hwy A west for 4.2 miles. Park in the small pull-off north of the road. 


 45.772801, -89.229738


Dogs are welcome.

Hunting and Trapping are allowed ny permission only 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 several major gifts from private individuals/families.

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