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Spirit Lake Preserve in Mequon

Activities: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing


A 155-acre preserve located a mile west of the Milwaukee River in the City of Mequon; owned and managed by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. Contains the titular lake, a small stream, upland hardwood forest, hardwood forest with ephemeral ponds, cattail marsh, wet meadow, and a small, restored grassland. The animal population includes sandhill cranes, turkeys, coyotes, deer, bald eagles and osprey. Additionally, for amphibian lovers both green frogs and leopard frogs can be seen in the cattail marsh. Spring beauties, wood violets and other spring flowers. Visit this preserve to hike, bird watch, fish or cross-country ski (not groomed). Hunting is allowed with a City of Mequon permit.


The entrance is marked but there is no parking lot. There is limited parking at the entrance and along Boniwell Road per City of Mequon ordinance.


For Ozaukee Washington Land Trust website click here.

Story link: “Hidden Gems” at Milwaukee Magazine.



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4513 W. Bonniwell Rd.
53097, Mequon, WI, US