South Turtle Lake Nature Preserve

This property helps to protect the well-known bald eagle nest on the shoreline of South Turtle Lake.

natural Features

Mostly made up of alder swamp, the preserve protects a tangled shoreline on South Turtle Lake. The tip of the peninsula has an active bald eagle nest that has been highly successful. The nest is well known by property owners by the lake, and people occaisionaly anchor offshore to watch the eagles fish and rear young.


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

2.5 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Access to the preserve is easiest by water. Park at the South Turtle Lake boat landing. There is no entrance sign for the property. 


46.217689, -89.890984.

South Turtle Lake boat landing on Google Maps.


Dogs are welcome.

Bow 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; 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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