Lakeshore Nature Preserve

This 300-acre urban natural area is owned by the University of Wisconsin. It is bordered on the south and east by the campus and to the north by Lake Mendota. The preserve’s three miles of shoreline includes Picnic Point, Frautschi Point, Raymer’s Cove and Eagle Heights Woods and Community Gardens. More than 258 bird species have been observed on the property including all 34 wood warblers seen in the state. In 2007 the property was named a Wisconsin Important Bird Area. Diverse habitats hold many species of sparrows, woodland songbirds and water birds. Unusual sightings include all three Scoters and Western Grebes. Check the web site for excellent property maps.

Directions: Located north of UW Hospital via University Bay Dr or Lake Mendota Dr. Access the preserve from any of five parking areas.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve map

Gazetteer: Page 36, D-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 85, E-8 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/265-9275 (Lakeshore Nature Preserve Field Manager).

Web site: Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Signature Species: Virginia and Sora Rail, Marsh Wren and Sandhill Crane.

Rare species: Worm-eating Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Red-necked Grebe and Lark Sparrow.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Madison.