Sack Lake Hemlock hike – September 25th

Join Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) staff and ICORE on September 25th at 10:00am for a hike to explore old growth trees near Island Lake in Iron County. The 2008 conservation easement on the property includes approximately 215 acres and over 1.5 miles of shoreline along 3 lakes.  The hike begins on the easement property onto the adjacent 129-acre Sack Lake Hemlocks Conservation Area owned by NWLT. The massive yellow birch and hemlock are remnants of the past and a key component of many old growth forests in northern Wisconsin. The state endangered pine marten is also known to frequent this area. We will discuss what an old growth forest is, and why they are important. The Northwoods Land Trust is a non-profit organization that works with private landowners who wish to voluntarily conserve their properties.  Please note this will be a 3.5 mile hike on uneven terrain which will take approximately 3 hours.

Food will be provided following the hike (at about 1:00) so we need a number of attendants. Please rsvp to Karen Hagemann at (715)360-7696 or to  This event is also listed in Meetup.

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 51: Turn left onto Island Lake Rd for 0.4 miles, left onto South Island Lake Rd for 5.8 miles, left onto Island Lake Rd for 2.4 miles, slight right to stay on Island Lake Rd for 2.7 miles, left onto Pleasant Lake Rd for 0.1 miles to driveway entrance (Look for white Bostwick-Arms sign).  Continue down driveway to turnaround – vehicle with good clearance is recommended. The owner has agreed to let us park on his property.