As of May 2014, the Keweenaw Land
Trust has protected 4,500 acres of land across the
Western U.P. We currently own 9 nature areas that
are open for public recreation, all located within
our core service area of Houghton, Keweenaw and
Baraga Counties. Of our 15 conservation easement
projects, 4 are available for public enjoyment.
Other conservation easements offer visual benefits
to the public but do not allow for direct public
recreation. All of our projects provide public
benefit in terms of ecological services such as
clean air and water, not to mention habitat for
plants and wildlife that reside here.
Leave No Trace
We encourage you to always practice
No Trace ethics when in the outdoors, especially
when visiting our nature areas. Please be respectful
of our Special Places and actively follow these
simple minimum-impact techniques to preserve the fun
for years to come:
Plan Ahead and
Prepare. Planning ahead is the best way to
protect both yourself and our nature areas. Dress
for the weather, and bring an extra layer in case
the forecast changes. Wear comfortable shoes, pack
water and a snack, and consult a map before making a
visit. Not all of our protected places have cell
phone service, so leave an itinerary with a friend
in case you run into trouble on the trail.
Travel on Durable Surfaces.
Sticking to the trail leaves room for wildlife and
reduces our impact on the natural world. Creating
shortcuts causes erosion, as well as impacts the
beauty of the landscape. Prepare for whatever the
trail throws at you - get ready to get muddy! Boots
dry overnight, while plants can take years to
Dispose of Waste Properly.
Pack out your trash! If you see any litter along the
trail, we'd appreciate it if you brought it out with
you, even if it's not your own. Together, we can
keep our landscape attractive and trash-free.
Leave What You Find. Picking
flowers, collecting rare stones, or removing
historical artifacts may not seem like a big deal,
but collectively our actions over time can have a
negative impact on the special qualities we are
working to protect. Remember, Take Only Photos,
Leave Only Footprints.
Wildlife. Our nature areas are home to a
variety of wildlife, from rare birds to more common
fish and mammal species. Regardless of their
threatened status, please respect wildlife by
observing them from a distance and never feed them.
Protect Private Property.
Respect "No Trespassing" signs. KLT nature area
boundaries are typically not marked, so if you are
unclear as to your exact location, consult a map and
do not disturb the area. Treat another's property as
you would your own.
Manage Your Pets.
Keeping your dog in control keeps people, other
pets, and wildlife safe. Others may not appreciate
your dog's company, so please keep your dog close
when approaching other visitors. We ask that you
clean up after your dog if it poops on the trail -
nobody likes a surprise on their boot on an
otherwise beautiful forest hike!
Considerate of Other Visitors. Simple
gestures of kindness can go a long way. If another
visitor looks lost or tired, lend a hand and point
them in the right direction. Make space for families
with children, the elderly, and those who may be
less physically able. Most of our trails are for
foot-traffic only. Motorized vehicles are prohibited
on all of our nature areas outside of the parking
By abiding to these simple
guidelines, our high-quality natural resources and
special places will remain in good condition for
others to enjoy. While you visit our public nature
areas, consider leaving the land better than when
you found it. Help pick up trash and
any disturbances found during your visit. We are
always interested to hear about interesting wildlife
sightings or flowering plants, and you can give us
tips on trouble spots like eroding trails or other
concerns you would like to bring to our attention.
Public vs. Private
Most KLT nature areas are bordered by
private lands. We do not mark all of our property
boundaries, so please be aware of your location to
avoid trespassing on private property. Maps of our
nature areas are available on the
pages, and GPS coordinates are available on
request. We want to remain good neighbors, but to do
that we require your help and understanding that not
all lands in the Keweenaw are open to the public.
Conservation easements are typically held on
properties owned by private landowners, and it is
their discretion as to whether the public is allowed
Hunting and overnight use are
allowed on some of our protected lands. All
overnight use must be scheduled in advance through
the KLT office. Hunters must acquire a KLT-signed
hunter permit annually to hunt on our public lands.
Contact the KLT office at (906) 482-0820 for more
information on how to obtain permission before
hunting on KLT properties.