There is a notable component of mature white cedar trees here, which create a wild look to the protected shoreline on Rock Lake. The property is known to provide critical winter habitat for whitetail deer.
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
Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust
Property is accessible off Co. Hwy O. Take Hwy W west of Presque Isle for 7.5 miles. Turn north onto Hwy O and continue 2.2 miles to the preserve boundary. Park along Hwy O or E. Rock Lake Rd. and walk into the preserve. There is no entrance sign for the property.
Rock Lake II parking spot on Google Maps.
Dogs are welcome.
Bow hunting is 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.
This project was supported by a grant from the Caerus Foundation and a major gift from a private individual/family.