Location: Oconto County
Area protected: 320 acres
Protection strategy: conservation easement
Hidden Lake property encompasses a 36 acre, clear, kettle lake, rated "high quality" by the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources.
Some unique characteristics include:
- drumlins, plains and moraine
- northern hardwood forests
- aspen/birch forests
- spruce/fir and hemlock forests
- two small spruce bogs
- large quartzite erratics
- one-quarter mile stretch of the Oconto River, a high quality trout stream
Completely surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this property is managed to: retain and promote large diameter trees, provide wildlife habitat for game and non-game species, practice land stewardship that is compatible with the surrounding landscape and which protects and restores biological diversity through land management based on ecological relationships.
Hidden Lake is a haven for numerous species. These, and dozens of other species, have chosen the Hidden Lake Conservancy as their home:
- pygmy shrew - endangered in this area
- Northern blue butterfly - endangered in this area
- showy lady's slipper - endangered in this area
- Canada lynx
- bald eagle
- cerulean warbler - threatened
- wood turtle
- black bear
"Nature is not a place to visit, it is home"
- Gary Snyder