Van Vliet Lake Conservation Area

This property protects shoreline on Van Vliet Lake, and is located just across the road from the west portion of Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area.

Natural Features

The property protects important shoreline on Van Vliet Lake. Also present on the property are second growth forest with a large sphagnum wetland at its center.



In December of 2017, the southern parcel was donated by Paulette Cary, in honor of her late husband Jerry Cary.  In October of 2018,  the northern parcel was donated by the Last Wilderness Conservation Association. The conservation area 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 Presque Isle, Vilas County

4 Acres

Ownership: Northwoods Land Trust

Getting There

Take Crab Lake Rd. south of Presque Isle 5.2 miles. Turn north onto W. Van Vliet Rd. and continue 1.3 miles to the preserve boundary. Park in the small pull-off area south of W. Van Vliet Dr. 


 46.198583, -89.761515

Van Vliet Lake parking area on Google Maps.


Dogs are welcome.

Hunting is not allowed.


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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