The Chippewa Flowage in Sawyer County is a prime example of the natural beauty that Wisconsin has to offer. With its 230 miles of shoreline and nearly 200 islands, this pristine body of water offers its visitors a chance to camp, boat, fish, and view wildlife in a unique northern setting.
Like many of Wisconsin’s beautiful, near-wilderness destinations, this property was not safe from development. Despite generations of careful stewardship and thoughtful preservation, pieces of the flowage were being courted by developers.
Plans for the island and shore land properties varied from vacation homes to golf courses.
Thankfully, a group of local citizens and property owners joined together with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band to protect this valuable resource. They purchased two large properties in the Chippewa Flowage and opened them up to public use.
With assistance from Gathering Waters, this group of concerned citizens formed the Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust. The Trust has continued to protect threatened property in that area of the state.