This site on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest features a large area of relatively unbroken northern hardwood forest interspersed with small, undeveloped lakes and spring ponds. Other habitat types include mixed hardwood-conifer forest and conifer swamp. The Pine River flows through the center of the site. The Whisker Lake Wilderness Area is included within this IBA.
Birds typical of northern hardwood communities, such as pileated woodpecker, Eastern wood-pewee, least flycatcher, black-throated blue warbler, ovenbird, and scarlet tanager are common or abundant breeders at this site. Conifers and wetter forests hold a diversity of other species, including golden-crowned kinglet, winter wren, Swainson’s thrush, and Nashville warbler.