Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Spirit Lake Preserve Mequon

Spirit Lake…155 acres

spirit lake
Yes, we now own a fishing pier. Volunteers already helped us renovate it for the public. 
A neighbor caught the first fish last week.

With contributions from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District Greenseams Program, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Milwaukee Audubon Societyand various private parties, OWLT was able to buy this special piece of land from the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother - a community of women religious who desire to live the Gospel. 

The Sisters used the land as a private retreat for many years and they’re pleased to know that the public will get to enjoy it forever. The property was also used by Native Americans as a place for spiritual gatherings. You can feel a special presence there.

Our goal is to manage the preserve as a combined natural area with the Pukaite Woods section of Mequon Rotary Park, which is adjacent to Spirit Lake. The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club is already funding one intern per year to manage the two areas. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Audubon Society is planning to take a very active role in the management as well.

We’re already adding a trail system, removing invasive species, restoring a prairie area and planning for a wetland restoration. It will be a great project!

You can view a map here.