James Thiel Preserve

James Thiel Preserve

Through the generosity of the James Thiel family, CWRLT has acquired land on Chief Lake, part of the Chippewa Flowage.  Since the mid-1980’s James Thiel visited the property often and gained strength from its solitude and natural beauty.  He planned to retire to this Chief Lake property.  Upon his death, a sketch of a modest home he planned to build on the property was found on his person.


The land has an especially attractive growth of pine tree club moss. The property contains one of the more extensive stands of Canada yew, a species of concern. Development and deer browse have decimated the Canada yew in Wisconsin. There is abundant wintergreen on the land.  CWRLT will protect this land in its natural state.  It will be open to the public for day use.

CWRLT is pleased with this acquisition since the Chippewa Flowage is the only lake in Sawyer County designated as a Legacy Place by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. CWRLT is placing particular effort on acquiring land and conservation easements on the Chippewa Flowage and in the surrounding area.