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Protected Lands

Blue Lake Conservation Easement

 
 

Acres: 320
Established: 2009 & 2016
County: Iron
Category: Private Conservation Easement

This 320 acre property is the home of a multi-generational family retreat encompassing all of Blue Lake, a clear water lake with an uncommon marl deposit and fen along the eastern shoreline that forms the headwaters of Armstrong Creek. The lake is surrounded by a mixture of northern hardwood and boreal woods. Old growth white pine trees dot the landscape, providing excellent vantage points for nesting eagles that reside here. Common loons have been spotted in recent years on the lake, a testament to its health and a contributing factor for the lake's protection. The Ojibwa call this Spirit Lake and camped here into the 1950s along their route to Chicagon Lake burial grounds.

The Blue Lake project falls within the KLT's Inland Waters Initiative and the nearby Ottawa National Forest's conservation priorities. 120 acres were put under protection in 2009, with an additional 200-acres protected in 2016. The family generously donated the conservation easements to KLT to keep this land protected forever. While the public can view the lake from County Road 424, the property remains private and is not available for public recreation. Please respect the landowners' rights and do not trespass.

 

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