|P.O. Box 884 * Chippewa Falls, WI 54729|
The Huettner Preserve was created through the gift of Susan Huettner of Cadott, whose dream was to see the undisturbed woodland permanently protected. She had owned it for many years, and enjoyed visiting it just to walk and enjoy the natural environment.
The preserve is a 67 acre woodland near Little Lake Wissota located at the intersection of 50th Ave and 199th Streets in the Town of Lafayette. It consists of two portions, the upland portion is a dry oak woodland with a walking trail that passes through it from east to west. The eastern portion lies low in the valley of Paint Creek. A small stream flows across along the property edge. A walk into this section of the preserve takes you to the Paint Creek shoreline through the sandy floodplain forest with exposed sandstone outcrops to the west across the stream.
Huettner Presereve can be used for quiet recreation and nature study. It's home to a variety of both upland and floodplain wildlife, and provides an easily accessible area suitable for nature study and contemplation as well as walking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Limited trails currently exist on the property, and a possible canoe landing is contemplated.
The preserve, a legacy to the community from Susan Huettner, was established in 2006.
Huettner Preserve is located in the center of a residential area that is growing rapidly, so the purchase of the land permanently protects a beautiful woodland from the threat of development and provides green space for the community.