Rock Lake Nature Preserve I

The remote preserve protects shoreline on Rock Lake and No Mans Creek.

Nautral Features

Shoreline on both Rock Lake and No Man’s Creek are protected by this preserve. Young to middle aged forest in the upland areas quickly transitions to alder swamp and bog near the shorelines.


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 Winchester, Vilas County

35 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Only accessible by water. From Winchester, head north on Townsite Rd. for 0.6 miles. Continue onto Old Hwy O and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Rock Lake Rd. and continue 0.9 miles to a boat landing. There is no entrance sign for the property. 


46.250468, -89.876171

Rock Lake boat launch 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; 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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