Why You Should Visit
At this 2,641-acre preserve, you'll be able to hike through a portion of Wisconsin's North Woods. The 15 wild lakes and ponds at the preserve — with names like Upper and Lower Aimer, Knife, Battine, Bug, and Canteen — host a rich diversity of fish and other aquatic species. The surrounding forests provide habitat for many native plants and wildlife species.
Northeast Wisconsin: between Presque Isle and Boulder Junction in Vilas County.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Wolter acquisition is significant because it protects more than 36,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline on 15 wild lakes and ponds in northern Wisconsin. The preserve encompasses some of the last remaining lakes in northern Wisconsin where the native fish populations thrive with limited human influence.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Conservancy bought the land from Mrs. Catherine Wolter, a long-time resident of the Presque Isle area, in June, 2000. Mrs. Wolter, and her late husband Fred Wolter, had owned and cared for the property for 58 years. In 2014, we purchased an additional 80 acres at the heart of the preserve from Carl Wolter.
At the Conservancy's request, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee initiated a study of the lakes and ground water at the preserve in October of 2000. They studied water flow and quality at the site and made a thorough inventory of the plant and animal life in the lakes. The Conservancy is using the information from the study to help make management and access decisions at the preserve.