Van Vliet Hemlocks - Overview

Van Vliet Hemlocks

The Van Vliet Hemlocks encompass 400 acres, 4 ½ miles of trails, and more than 1 ½ miles of shoreline in “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness,” Presque Isle, Wisconsin. The site showcases unique ecology and Northwoods wildlife and represents a rare remnant of the northern hardwood-hemlock forest. 

Owned by the State of Wisconsin (Site #673) and a member of the State Natural Area program, the beautiful forest inspires an ethic of care in its visitors and friends. In 2011, the Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks was formed, and played an instrumental role in state ownership and SNA establishment. The Friends remain active in their mission: to protect and preserve this special site into perpetuity.