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Protected Lands

Steve Farm Nature Area at Lovell Creek

 

Acres: 96
Established:
2013
County: Houghton
Category: Public Nature Area

The Steve Farm Nature Area at Lovell Creek is home to an extensive wetland ecosystem, numerous beaver dams, and upland forest habitats available for public enjoyment. Visitors of all ages can explore this nature area, gifted to the KLT in 2013 by members of the John Steve family. Held for generations, the family approached the KLT to explore creating a nature area to keep the property open to the public for future generations. Family ancestors once farmed a portion of the land here, but today it is largely untouched and left to return to its wild state.

The property is located south of Dollar Bay along Upper Point Mills Road and is dominated by the wetlands that make up the headwaters of Lovell Creek. Topography is variable, with lobes of higher forested ground providing vistas of the lower lying lands along the creek. Fens, bogs, marshes, cedar swamps, and open beaver ponds offer a variety of habitats for dozens of wildlife species. The creek, ponds, and wetlands are surrounded by mixed forests including pockets of spruce and white pine that have not been logged in many decades. Keeping this area intact will help prevent fragmentation and protect the water quality of Lovell Creek and Torch Lake.

The property is now open to the public for non-motorized recreational use, including hiking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking along the rough woods roads found on the property. A trailhead can be found in an open meadow on the side of Upper Point Mills Road. Please park along the shoulder of this quiet rural road, and do not drive into the clearing. Hiking trails lead you through some of the varied landscapes found here. Be aware, during high water the beaver dams may be unsafe to cross.

 

 

 

 

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