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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Lake Of The Pines Conifer-Hardwoods (No. 25)

Lake Of The Pines Conifer-Hardwoods

Photo by Josh Mayer



Within the Flambeau River State Forest, Sawyer County. T38N-R3W, Section 14. 53 acres.



Originally established as an old-growth northern mesic forest, Lake of the Pines Conifer-Hardwoods is now equally important as a research area for the study of natural regeneration of old-growth forests. The site was a mature stand of hemlock and yellow birch that was toppled in a July 1977 windstorm. Although most of the larger trees were toppled, a band of timber on the peninsula remains. This large-scale storm has provided an opportunity to compare the effects of salvage vs. no-salvage operations on the ecosystem and to study old-growth forest regeneration, insect population dynamics, decay mechanisms, and long-term changes in community structure. The blowdown area is now forested by young sugar maple, yellow birch, and basswood. A small zone of white cedar is found at the bay on the southeast corner of the peninsula. Lake of the Pines Conifer-Hardwoods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1954.


Driving directions

From the junction of Highway 13 and County W (Beebe Street) in Phillips go west on County Highway W 18.8 miles, then north 1.5 miles on Tower Hill Road, then walk west into the area or by canoe from the south end of Pickerel Lake.


Lake Of The Pines Conifer-Hardwoods is owned by:

  • WDNR


The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.


Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Monday, June 10, 2019