The Friends and the North Pikes Creek Wetlands

In early 2012, three Town of Russell Plan Commission members formed the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands (FNPCW) and undertook the acquisition of 280 acres of forested wetland property containing a portion of North Pikes Creek’s headwaters. This unique acreage is located in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, near the South Shore of Lake Superior, seven miles south of the lakeshore. This collaborative community effort resulted in the 2014 acquisition of this unique wetland acreage, which permanently protects a diverse mix of habitats, including upland and boreal forest, beaver wetlands, shrublands, forested wetlands, and 1.6 miles of frontage along North Pikes Creek, a Class I trout stream and Wisconsin Outstanding Resource Water. This 280-acre portion of the wetlands is designated the North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest, and is protected in perpetuity.