Nature Preserves

Chippewa Watershed Conservancy currently owns 22 nature preserves that permanently protect over 600 acres of wild lands. The nature preserves are off the tax rolls and open to the public for educational and recreational purposes. These properties protect important conservation values such as water and air quality, outdoor recreation, forest health, wildlife habitat and provide important connections to maintain biodiversity.

Generally, on our preserves the following activities are allowed:

  • Hiking
  • Nature study
  • Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Trail running

The following activities are prohibited to protect natural resources:

  • Motorized vehicles
  • Bicycling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fires
  • Camping
  • Dumping/littering of any kind of waste
  • Commercial activities

PRESERVES WITH HIKING TRAILS

1. Audubon Woods Preserve (40 acres)
2. Bundy Hill Preserve (100 acres)
3. Hiawatha Hills Preserve (5 acres)
4. Kabana Preserve (100 acres) (Hall’s Lake Natural Area)
5. Neely Preserve (22 acres) (Hall’s Lake Natural Area)
6. Schaftenaar Preserve (33 acres) (Hall’s Lake Natural Area)
7. Stearns Preserve (14 acres)
8. Sylvan Solace Preserve (78 acres)

PRESERVES ON BODIES OF WATER (NO TRAILS)

9. Fox Run Preserve (5 acres) (Halls Lake Natural Area)
10. Lake Steven Preserve (1 acre)
11. McNeel Preserve (8 acres)
12. Meridian Road Preserve (1 acre)
13. Neyer Preserve (2 acres)
14. Quigley Creek Natural Area (63 acres)
15. Williams-Blackburn Preserve (25 acres)
16. Winifred Sponseller Preserve (13 acres)

PRESERVES BEST FOR WILDLIFE (NO TRAILS)

17. Ball Preserve (5 acres)
18. Hagen Preserve (2 acres)
19. Kjolhede’s Kove Preserve (25 acres)
20. Peterson Natural Area (79 acres)
21. Riverbank Preserve (3 acres)
22. Winawa Preserve (2 acres)

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