Wisconsin Photo credit: Flickr user Frank Malawski

For decades, city-dwellers have come to play beside lakes, rivers, and streams south of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Here, where pressure for waterfront development is intense, we protect land to prevent pollution of the most sensitive lakes and keep the most popular destinations open for public recreation.

We're also working to preserve the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Saint Croix River. A working-forest conservation easement we placed over 18,000 acres around the Chippewa Flowage will preserve that sweeping landscape’s immense value for recreation and forestry.

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Wisconsin projects

Highlighted Projects:

Northwoods Initiative. Photo: William Poole

We established Forever Northwoods to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Canthook and Steelhead Lakes, Wisconsin

Canthook and Steelhead Lakes represent a rare opportunity in northern Wisconsin to protect intact and undeveloped wild glacial lakes.

Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin

For over two years, TPL worked with local, state, federal, and tribal interests and many conservation and sportsman groups to place a working-forest conservation easement on 18,179 acres of timber lands in the Chippewa Flowage.


In 2021, we permanently protected 605 acres directly along the Chippewa River in Rusk County, Wisconsin. Located between Ladysmith and Chippewa Falls in Northern Wisconsin, visitors can fish, hike, hunt, and paddle along these serene waters. Managed by Rusk County Forest, this property has roughly two miles of undeveloped shoreline and mature forest habitat. It’s not just a great place for people to get outside, it will also be sustainably managed as a working forest providing revenue and jobs to the local economy.

Clover Woods, Wisconsin

Totally surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this 80-acre Bayfield County property was one of the few remaining privately held lands within the national forest.


In 1999, Forest Lodge, a model of ecological stewardship, was handed down through three generations and donated to us to ensure its protection and its future use as a hands-on Environmental Center.

Northwoods Initiative. Photo: William Poole

We established Forever Northwoods to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is an hour's drive for the 12 million people who live in the region between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Lake Owen, Wisconsin

Where countless Camp Shewamegon youngsters visited each summer, the beautiful Lake Owen shoreline will remain natural and undeveloped

Mirror Lake, Wisconsin

In yet another partnership with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, TPL helped conserve the last remaining unprotected tract on Mirror Lake, located just 20 miles west of Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior.

Moose Lake, Wisconsin

Sharing an eight-mile boundary with the popular Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the 1,135-acre Moose Lake property was an attractive prospect for second home development.

Silver and Happles Lakes, Wisconsin

Built and maintained largely by volunteers, the North Country National Scenic Trail traverses seven states from New York to North Dakota.

Upper St. Croix, Wisconsin

We worked with Phil Willkie—a writer, environmentalist, and grandson of presidential nominee Wendell Willkie—to permanently protect his family property: 210 acres with more than a mile of river frontage along the St. Croix , as well as a significant portion of Ox Creek.

Venison Creek, Wisconsin

In 2007, TPL protected the Venison Creek property, one of the largest contiguous blocks of privately-owned land within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.