The Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve holds a special place in Land Trust history—it is our first preserve! Thanks to a bequest and help from The Nature Conservancy and others, the Land Trust made its first purchase ever here. With continued help from partnering organizations, the Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve has grown to nearly 700 acres.
Situated primarily on the north side of the Kangaroo Lake causeway, the preserve contains a sampling of much of what Door County has to offer ecologically and scenically—lake shore, boreal forest, cedar swampland, upland hardwood forest, a creek and farmland. A hiking trail begins on top of a high ridge that was once the shoreline of ancient Lake Algonquin and descends 130 feet to where Peil Creek enters Kangaroo Lake. A temperature shift accompanies the descent, and many of the plant species found in the cooler, lower section are similar to those found in boreal forests located much farther north.
At the shore of Kangaroo Lake, lucky visitors may spot a white egret, great blue heron, bald eagle or osprey. Migrating warblers may be seen or heard in the spring and a look underfoot may disclose fossils in rocky, lakeside outcroppings.