Lakeshore Nature Preserve at University of Wisconsin, Madison

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300-acre nature reserve along 4mi of the southern shore of Lake Mendota. The preserve's primary goals are to protect native plant and animal communities, as well as to uphold the campus's signature natural landscapes, all while providing an educational facility for the university.
Areas are listed in order of appearance along the Lakeshore Path, starting in the east.
Muir WoodsMuir Woods is a heavily forested area covering 7acres of land on the northern slope of Bascom Hill. Despite its location in the heart of the campus, the woods have remained relatively secluded from human activity. The forest is named after John Muir, a former UW–Madison student and naturalist.
Willow Creek WoodsWillow Creek Woods consist of the forested areas surrounding Willow Creek, located in the central part of the campus. The area is populated with several types of oak trees including bur oak, white oak, and black oak, as well as various weeds, and other woody plant life.
Willow BeachWillow Beach is located just to the east of the mouth of Willow Creek. It is a popular location for swimming and sightseeing. The area is also used to store rowboats and canoes.
Triangle MarshTriangle Marsh, located just to the east of Walnut Street, is a small pond connected to the Lake Mendota water system. The area is being developed for use as a northern pike nursery.
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  • This Preserve is a treasure and less than a mile from the UW Medical/Veterinary district. Perfect place to take a peaceful hike while waiting for pets or loved ones who are at the UW hospitals. I... 
    This Preserve is a treasure and less than a mile from the UW Medical/Veterinary district. Perfect place to take a peaceful hike while waiting for pets or loved ones who are at the UW hospitals. I...  more »
  • Lakehsore Preserve consists of several parcels, strung along the lake Mendota beginning downtown Madison and going just past Eagle Heights housing. Parcels include famous Picnic Point, and also... 
    Lakehsore Preserve consists of several parcels, strung along the lake Mendota beginning downtown Madison and going just past Eagle Heights housing. Parcels include famous Picnic Point, and also...  more »

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