Birdwatching, Hiking, Snowshoeing
There are 1.5 miles of non-motorized trails.
The Andersen family established the Gustav and Elizabeth Johnson preserve in 1996. The preserve was formalized when Julian Anderson donated a conservation easement to Landmark Conservancy (formerly West Wisconsin Land Trust) in 2016 and sold the property to the Deer Lake Conservancy in early 2017.
This 95-acre parcel has 425 feet of lake front including a lagoon. The trails that wind through the property showcase the many native woodland plants, birds, and animals that call the Preserve home. Trails on this property link to the Rock Creek trails to the west and the Dry Creek trails to the east.
Visit https://www.dlcwi.org/conservation/major-projects/johnson-preserve/ to learn more, including results of biologist surveys of preserve plant and animal life and the management plan.
The site is located on the north shore of Deer Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin, about 5 miles east of St. Croix Falls. Turn south off of 140th Avenue into driveway. There is a parking lot, a wooden fence and large stone that says “Johnson Preserve” at entrance.
Site Detail Map:
Deer Lake Conservancy