Lake with clouds reflected in water surface and trees along shore in background
Guido Rahr Sr. Tenderfoot Forest Reserve, Wisconsin © Greg Anderson

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Tenderfoot Old-Growth Forest Hike and Paddle


The Tenderfoot Forest Reserve protects 500 acres of old-growth hemlock-hardwood forest adjacent to two wild lakes in northern Wisconsin. Come explore this unique forest on a trip led by author and naturalist John Bates and TNC Conservation Ecologist Mike Grimm. Participants will paddle to the preserve from the Palmer Lake boat launch (approximately a 1.25-hour trip by canoe or kayak), go on a looped 2-mile hike, eat lunch on the shore of a wild lake and paddle back to the landing.

Limit 15 participants. Please RSVP to Maureen O’Brien (608-316-6426 or by Monday, July 8.

What to Bring/Wear:  Bring your own canoe or kayak and personal flotation device (life jacket) and your lunch. Dress for the weather. You may want to bring water, a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, good walking shoes.

Directions: Meet at the Palmer Lake boat landing in Vilas County. From Minocqua (approximately 27 miles): Take Hwy 51 north to County Hwy M through Boulder Junction to County Hwy B. Turn right (east) on Hwy B and go approximately 9 miles to Palmer Lake Road. Go 2 miles on Palmer Lake Road to boat launch.