Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area
Explore a wild and beautiful conservancy
West of Land O’ Lakes, just south of the Michigan border, is a large and carefully-protected conservancy that is a gateway to the wilderness and a bridge between two massive forests. It’s the perfect place to encounter wildlife and discover inner serenity.
The Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area sits between the 222,000–acre Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin and the million-acre Ottawa National Forest in Michigan. The 2,189 acres that make up the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area are part of the Border Lakes region which is a travel corridor for large mammals like moose. The reserve has abundant wildlife, including migrant songbirds, loons, osprey and eagles. The conservancy has 15 named lakes and more than 36,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline. This is a place you will discover under your own power; there are trails open for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and the lakes are open to non-motorized boats. To get to the wilderness area, take Highway B west for about 22 miles and turn right on East Bay Road. The trailhead will be a half mile up the road, on the left. Park your car there and lose yourself in this wild and beautiful place.
Open year round, sunrise to sunset.
Mailing address: 8648 Highway 51 North #3, Minocqua, WI 54548