Lake Owen - Camp Shewahmegon

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Lake Owen, Wisconsin
Photo credit: 
Robert Hurt

Every summer since 1934, young boys from throughout the upper Midwest came to the shores of Lake Owen to connect to the great Northwoods of Wisconsin. The brochures for Camp Shewahmegon promised a summer "free of hurry, strain, worry and envy." As the popularity of shoreline property has exploded in recent decades, the shoreline of Camp Shewahmegon became an increasingly valuable property to developers and second-home buyers. With the cost of operating a summer camp becoming prohibitive, the camp owners decided to close the camp. Choosing conservation over development, they contacted TPL to ensure the property's protection. In 2003, TPL conveyed the camp to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, forever safeguarding access to Lake Owen's shorelines, a place where future generations can return to experience the essence of the Northwoods experience

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