Tower Nibiiwan Conservation Area

Enjoy the well-built trails in this small protected area with just over 1,000 feet of shoreline on an undeveloped bog lake and an expansive ephemeral wetland.


About 1 mile of natural surface trail meander through the different areas of the property. A 200-foot-long boardwalk will take you through the bog to a small seating area along the shoreline of the small lake. You can also take the trails eastward onto neighboring private lands that are designated Wisconsin Managed Forest Law (MFL) open land.

Natural Features

A bog lake is nearly completed protected by the conservation area boundary. Surrounding mats of sphagnum moss and tamarack-black spruce forest offer a unique habitat type for plants and animals. The upland forest is a healthy mix of several hardwood trees, with some pocket of red and white pine.


In June of 2022, the property was donated by David and Kathy Noel.  The Noels named the property Tower Nibiiwan in reference to a fire tower that was located on nearby Indian Lake, and for the abundant wetlands on the property.  Nibiiwan means ‘wet’ in the Ojibwe language.

Town of Sugar Camp, oneida County

31 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Take Hwy 17 south of Eagle River 5.8 miles. Turn east onto Rico Rd. and continue 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Arbutus Dr. and continue 0.5 miles. Park along Arbutus Dr. 


45.818792, -89.297531

Tower Nibiiwan parking area on Google Maps.


Dogs are welcome.

Bow hunting is allowed according to NWLT Guidelines.


Trails are cleared annually to allow for public recreation. Otherwise, the preserve is passively managed.


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 grants from the Arthur L. & Elaine V. Johnson Foundation, James D & Jane P Watermolen Foundation and several private individuals and families.

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Major Initiatives

Explore the three initiatives that NWLT is advancing to benefit current and future generations.

Old Growth Forest Initiative

Less than 1% of old-growth forest remains in northern Wisconsin todayand they deserve protection.

Shoreland Initiative
Shoreline Protection Initiative

Our region includes one of the highest densities of inland freshwater lakes in the world and headwaters to major river systems. 

Conservation Priority & Climate Resilient Areas

Nature-based solutions offer real hope for lessening climate impacts at home and capturing and storing carbon.


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