Private Land at Edge of Boundary Waters Added to National Forest

Protected shoreline on Fall Lake. (Photo via Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness)

Twenty-eight acres of land on Fall Lake have been preserved for public use, and protected from development, in a recent land transfer facilitated by the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

According to the Friends, the two properties are located directly across the lake from the Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground. They have almost 1,000 feet of frontage on Fall Lake and adjoin the BWCAW for a quarter of a mile. The land is primarily upland forest and some forested wetlands.

The land was acquired with the Friends’ Edge of the Wilderness Fund. The revolving fund is designed to let the private nonprofit act quickly to acquire lands near the Boundary Waters from willing sellers, and then hold them while federal funding is secured to transfer them to public ownership.

“They were among the last privately owned properties located on the northern peninsula of Fall Lake,” according to the Friends’ newsletter. “These parcels were highly developable as they are located on a motorized entry point to the BWCAW.”

Location of Fall Lake properties. (Courtesy Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness)


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