Together with you, we protect rare plant communities, threatened wildlife species, scenic beauty and land for sustainable agriculture. Our nature preserves provide opportunities for people to get outdoors, connect with nature and develop healthy habits of good exercise.
Descriptions and trail maps for the nature preserves we protect are below. The trail maps list activities allowed/not allowed on each nature preserve. Please review those when planning your visit.
Over the years, we’ve protected many of the best features of the southwestern Wisconsin landscape, including scenic bluffs, the last remaining piece of native prairie on the La Crosse Terrace, top-notch cold-water trout streams, and various archeological resources.
With community support, our land protection work preserves scenic beauty, protects wildlife habitat and provides opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, biking, and nature photography. We encourage public use, but we ask that our recreational use policy be followed as well as all state laws, local ordinances and our hunting guidelines.
When visiting our protected lands, please be careful to avoid trespassing onto the lands of neighboring property owners. Please be aware that hiking on muddy trails causes permanent damage to sensitive habitats. If you come upon a muddy trail, go back – don’t go around.
Hiking responsibly during the COVID-19 Pandemic
#1 RULE: Always, always practice physical distancing and follow the guidelines of your local government or the federal Centers for Disease Control CDC, whichever are more restrictive. These guidelines provided by the American Hiking Society provide some important considerations for planning outdoor activities and visiting parks and preserves.
When planning to visit a nature preserve, consider a back-up plan in the event that you would arrive at your destination to find a crowded parking lot – an indication that might suggest a problem with social distancing. Hiking at non-peak hours is also a consideration for social distancing.