Exploring Frog Bay Tribal National Park

Members of the MIWP board joined members of the Bayfield Regional Conservancy board for a hike at Frog Bay Tribal National Park on August 8th. The purpose/intent was for the board members from the Wilderness Preserve and the Bayfield Regional Conservancy to become better acquainted. The hike was part of the BRC schedule and was open to the public. The BRC board has been invited to join the MIWP hike on September 19 on the Burroughs Trails on Madeline, which is also open to the public.

The Bayfield Regional Conservancy was organized to benefit the general public through charitable, educational and scientific activity. The geographic area of focus for these activities are Bayfield, Ashland, Sawyer and Douglas Counties. Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands are also included in the service area. BRC's purpose is to SAVE LAND and to date they have protected approximately 4,450 acres.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park stretches for over ¼ mile along Lake Superior's shoreline on the Red Cliff Reservation. This incredible property includes pristine sandy beaches bordered by primordial boreal forest identified to be of Global Significance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and provides views of the Apostle Islands Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area including Oak, Basswood, Hermit, Raspberry and Stockton Islands. Adjacent to the Frog Bay estuary and wild rice beds, the land is vital to the drainage emptying into Lake Superior’s Frog Bay. Because this area has been historically important for the Red Cliff Tribe, but was inaccessible in recent history due to its private ownership, the Bayfield Regional Conservancy and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa joined forces to acquire and permanently protect the property for nature based recreation, for traditional/spiritual ceremony and to further the understanding that all land is sacred.