The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, and Heidi Putnam, an intern from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point completed a partial biotic inventory of mammal, bird, tree, and plant species found in the Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area in 2017. Data from this effort was combined with historical data provided by the WDNR and the North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club to complete the partial inventory and provide suggestions for management on the property. Read the full article below!

Partial Biotic Inventory and Management Implications for Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area

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Visit The Van Vliet Hemlocks

We invite the public to enjoy the Van Vliet Hemlocks through hiking, wildlife viewing, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted in accordance with state game regulations.

Camping, firewood cutting, mountain biking, and the use of motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited.

Directions from Boulder Junction or Manitowish Waters:

  • Go to the intersection of Highways K and P (North Lakeland Elementary School).
  • Go 2.2 miles on Highway P. Stay straight on Crab Lake Road.
  • For the East Trailhead, go 2.3 miles to East Van Vliet Road, turn left and go 1¼ miles to the large sign at the parking area.
  • For the West Trailhead, go 0.8 miles to West Van Vliet Road, turn left and go 1.4 miles to trail sign located on the left.

Directions from Presque Isle:

  • From the intersection of Highways B and W, go east 0.4 miles and turn right on Crab Lake Road.
  • For the East Trailhead, go 3.8 miles to East Van Vliet Road, turn right and go 1¼ miles to the large sign at the parking area.
  • For the West Trailhead, go 5.3 miles to West Van Vliet Road, turn right and go 1.4 miles to trail sign located on the left.

The Van Vliet Hemlocks straddles Averill and Van Vliet Lakes.

Biotic Inventory & Management Implications

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, and Heidi Putnam, an intern from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point completed a partial biotic inventory of mammal, bird, tree, and plant species found in the Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area in 2017. Data from this effort was combined with historical data provided by the WDNR and the North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club to complete the partial inventory and provide suggestions for management on the property. Read the full article below!

Partial Biotic Inventory and Management Implications for Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area

Photo Galleries

Click on a photo below to view the full gallery. The photographs in these galleries were contributed by Ed Brodsky, Guy David, Margaret Handley, Ronie Jacobsen, Barbara Olson, and Jill Wilm.