The Organization

The Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and preservation of natural areas on Madeline Island for everyone's enjoyment. Madeline Island is adjacent to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin, and is the only one of the Apostle Islands with lands open to private ownership. The MIWP was formed in 1987 and is one of the oldest and most successful land trusts in the State of Wisconsin.

The Preserve & Trails—open to the public for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, berry-picking....

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The Preserve holds more than 2600 acres of forest, wetlands and trails on Madeline Island that provide plant and wildlife habitat and contribute to the natural beauty of the Island. The Preserve acquires land through purchase, donations and conservation easements.

The nature preserve lands are open to the public for hiking, berry-picking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. Please take advantage of these very special places when you are on the island! For more information about preserve lands and trails go to The Preserve & Trails.

Education & Advocacy—and Fun!

The MIWP is committed to education and advocacy. Each summer we sponsor free field trips and evening programs, open to both youth and adults, featuring the natural history of the Apostle Islands area, and highlighting issues important to the area's protection and preservation. We also underwrite education and preservation projects on Madeline Island.

Just for fun, each year we select an important environmental issue as the theme for our entry in the Madeline Island 4th of July parade—often winning one of the coveted trophies awarded to exceptional parade entries!

And one of the anticipated events signaling the start of the summer season on Madeline Island:  Our Annual Meeting, which is held on Memorial Day weekend, and features food, drink and an always-interesting environmental program.

We would love to have you join us for any of these, and would especially appreciate your support!