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Protected Lands

Koski Shores on Keweenaw Bay

 
 

Acres: 49
Established: 2015
County: Baraga
Category: Public Nature Area

Located along the rugged shores of Lake Superior, Koski Shores on Keweenaw Bay is comprised almost entirely of untouched Great Lakes coastal wetlands. The Keweenaw Land Trust purchased the 49-acre property in December 2015 with grant support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation program and a generous bargain sale from the landowners, Calvin & Gail Koski. The nature area adjoins Copper County State Forest land on two sides, helping to create a much larger conservation area.

The property includes over half a mile of rocky, remote shoreline on Keweenaw Bay. Wetlands blanket most of the interior, with thick alder, twisting cedars, ancient hemlocks, and other wetland species making travel through this nature area difficult. Countless animal species call this area home, particularly deer who appreciate the dense forest cover during the winter months. Mature maples and other northern hardwoods populate the few upland areas and provide added ecological diversity.

Despite the often soggy conditions, Koski Shores on Keweenaw Bay offers the adventurous sightseer opportunities for unparalleled exploration. When lake levels are low, wide shelves of rock and cobble beaches are revealed, allowing easy access along its length. A stunning shrub fen at the northeast corner of the property is the perfect location for bird watchers to practice their trade. The nutrient-rich waters that seep out of the wetlands and into the lake sustain a thriving near-shore fishery.

When traveling on Point Abbaye Road, watch for signs to show you where to park and begin your visit. A rough flagged trail will lead you through the forest to the shoreline. GPS boundaries are available to those up for exploring more of this fantastic coastal wetland!

 

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