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Donges Bay Gorge Natural Area in Mequon

Activities: Birding, Hiking


A 23-acre preserve located along Lake Michigan in the city of Mequon. This preserve contains an undulating upland lake bluff, upland woods and a ravine that extends along one side of the property. Owned and managed by Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, which is restoring historically and regionally scarce vegetation communities to both increase biodiversity and improve wildlife habitat to greater support the Lake Michigan Migratory Flyway. A lovely woodland trail runs along the top of the gorge. The trail ends at the bluff, which is steep and dangerous. There is no access to the lakeshore. The parking lot here is small (but usually empty). There is no parking allowed on the neighborhood street, Wildwood Court (strictly enforced).


For more information go to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust website.


Story links:

Donges Bay Gorge: Ablaze in the golden season.

Laj Waghray: Artist in Residence at Donges Bay Gorge

Barbara Manger: Artist in Residence at Donges Bay Gorge

Patricia Bertha-Mattingly: Artist in Residence at Donges Bay Gorge


Gallery (click to enlarge)



10352 North Wildwood Court
53092, Mequon, WI, US