The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) will host a free public hike and tour of a unique, long esker peninsula at the Dugan Squash Lake Nature Preserve. Guided by NWLT staff, the hike will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
According to Executive Director Bryan Pierce, the Preserve property was donated in December of 2009 to the Northwoods Land Trust by Patrick Dugan and Sue Hausermann-Dugan. The Dugan’s intent with the conservation land donation was to preserve the esker and three already-subdivided lake lots located on steep slopes. Their donation permanently protects more than 4,000 feet of frontage on Squash Lake, including important spawning areas for walleyed pike, bass and panfish.
Along the hike will be views of another property permanently protected with a conservation agreement through NWLT by landowner Roger Degris. The Degris property conserves a 20-acre peninsula with more than 3,800 feet of natural shoreline frontage.
To get to the Preserve, take Hwy. 8 about 6 miles west of Rhinelander. Turn east for 1 mile on Squash Lake Road.
Anyone interested in visiting the Preserve is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated to plan for snacks. Contact the NWLT office at 715-479-2490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to register for the hike.