The Tower Nibiiwan Conservation Area is in the Town of Sugar Camp in Oneida County and was gifted by David and Kathy Noel on June 22, 2022. The name, given by the Noels, refers to the old fire tower that sat near Indian Lake and the Ojibwe word meaning wet or watery.
It is 31 acres in size with 1,080+/-feet of natural shoreline around a small, unnamed bog pond. The pond is surrounded by scenic wetlands that encompass about half of the property. The other half of the property includes black spruce-tamarack forest and mixed pine-hardwood upland forest. This conservation area is passively managed, meaning active forest and wildlife habitat management activities are not typically conducted.
Public Use: hiking, snowshoeing, dog walking, wildlife observation, fishing, bow hunting and (carry-in) nonmotorized boating. Please, no motorized vehicles, gun hunting, camping, campfires, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Access: The 1+/- mile foot trail includes a boardwalk, short bridge and seating area overlooking the pond. Parking is at two locations along Arbutus Drive. Park alongside the roadway and use caution. Download the Tower Nibiiwan trail map.
Directions: Directions: From Hwy. 17 in Sugar Camp, turn on east on Ripco Rd., drive 0.6 mi., turn right on Arbutus Dr., drive 0.5 mi to trailhead. Tower Nibiiwan parking area on Google Maps.
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