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Kratzsch Conservancy in West Bend

Activities: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing
After a prairie burn

Prairie after a prescribed burn.


73-acre Kratzsch Conservancy is located in the Town of Trenton and is owned and managed by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. The preserve contains grasslands, wetlands, woodlands and approximately 2,500 feet of frontage along the north bank of the east-west branch of the Milwaukee River. There are two canoe/kayak rest areas (but not a boat launch) on the riverbank and a 2-mile trail system.


The topography is typical of glacially formed landscapes and includes features such as eskers, kettle depressions and kames. Forested areas contain trees such as paper birch, white oak, red oak, burr oak, sugar maple, white ash and black cherry and are relatively free of invasive plants. Visit this preserve to hike, bird watch, fish or cross-country ski. A wheelchair accessible hunting blind is available with permission.


For Ozaukee Washington Land Trust website, click here.


Story links:

Kratzsch Conservancy” at Urban Wilderness.

Several ARTservancy artists who have served in residence at Kratzsch Conservancy have been featured in The Natural Realm:

Michael Bunton

Leslie Fedorchuk

Berel Lutsky


Gallery (click to enlarge)


6670 Lovers Lane Rd.
53090, West Bend, WI, US