About the Brownstone Trail
Traveling from the City of Bayfield to Port Superior, the Brownstone Trail is a popular trail among Bayfield residents and visitors. Landmark Conservancy helped establish the trail in 1996 in cooperation with private landowners who own sections of the trail. A portion of the trail has been closed due to active slumping.
Spring 2019 - Land Donation
Summer 2019 – Spring 2020 - Engineering Study
Spring 2020 - Community Input Survey
Summer 2020 - Virtual Community Meeting
Summer 2020 - Reroute Signs Posted
Fall 2020 - Local Contractor Discussions
- A potential short-term option would involve placing large rock at the toe of the bank (with permission from Kenny Dobson and as permitted by regulatory agencies) and then reshaping the lower and upper slopes (on Landmark and Maki properties) to a more gradual angle to increase stability and reduce erosion.
- A longer-term option would be to purchase the Maki property located above the slump, relocate the trail on top of the slope, and create a public community space and trail access on the property.
Winter 2020 - Improved Barriers
Winter 2020 - Spring 2021 - Reroute Improvement
Spring 2021 - Maki Property Appraisal
An appraisal of the Maki property is being completed. This will give us an independent, unbiased assessment of the property’s value.
Summer/Fall 2021 - Fundraising/Future Planning
Fall 2021 - Shoreline Assessment
The slump area is deep, unstable and very dangerous.
Trail Detour Directions
The trail is closed between Seagull Bay Motel and Lakeshore Drive. Coming from the City of Bayfield, once you get to Seagull Bay motel, you will need to walk up the hill to Highway 13 and then turn left. You will travel alongside the shoulder until you get to Lakeshore Drive. Turn left on Lakeshore Drive and go down the hill until you meet the trail again. There is no additional access point along the reroute.
There is no parking at the other end of the trail. Chequamegon Road is a privately-owned road. There is also no parking at Wild Rice Retreat unless you are a guest there. Parking along Lakeshore Drive is tight and discouraged.
Trail Improvements Bayfield Area Trails volunteers improved a steep unstable section of the trail south of Blue Wing Bay Road by making it more user friendly for walkers of all skill levels, as well as for "wheeled" users including bikes and strollers. Funding for...
Trail Route A small section of the Brownstone Trail remains closed due to a large and active landslide. Thank you for continuing to use the detour. Landmark Conservancy is exploring the purchase of the property located above the slump to relocate the trail and create...
Guest Post by Jane AnklamJane AnklamWhat really ushers me out of winter and into summer is the crescendo of the Great Lakes migratory bird stopover along the shores of Lake Superior. I’ve been fortunate to work with Landmark Conservancy the past years to protect bird...
Click image to enlarge.Did you know that most of the Brownstone Trail is privately owned, and public access has been granted via trail easements held by either Landmark Conservancy or the Town of Bayfield? This trail exists because of community collaboration, and we...
Conservation Manager Erika Lang with volunteers Rex Dollinger and Suz and Bryce ThomsonWritten by: Dennis McCann Covid-19 has changed life in so many ways in 2020, including how we mourn. After Peg Dollinger died last November, her husband Rex made plans for a...
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