Forming the border with Wisconsin and Michigan, the Menominee River flows through some of the states most pristine areas. The Menominee River boasts a "World Class" smallmouth bass fishery with anglers encountering some of the largest smallmouth bass in North America with 5 pounders common. Besides smallmouth, anglers will find walleye, northern pike, sturgeon, musky and perch throughout the river. By mid May, the big smallmouth are on the move as they prepare to spawn. Casting crank baits and plastics around rock outcroppings produces lots of smallmouth. The larger smallmouth hold just out of the current, and tight to the rocks. My favorite presentation is a four inch jerk bait or a tube. Even a small rock outcropping out of the main current can hold a bunch of big small-mouth. By summer, the small-mouth action heats up throughout the river with these aggressive small-mouth hitting plastics and surface baits. Whether you float the river with your fly rod or use a bass boat one thing is certain, you will catch small-mouth. Fall is an excellent time for trophy small-mouth or connecting with a behemoth sturgeon during the special sturgeon season.
The stream flows across the entire property with 1,400 feet of shoreline. The walls of the stream valley consist of remnant native white and red pine, some are 150 years old or more.The developing forest cover was enhanced and currently provides additional erosion protection for the stream. This is very important as the steep, sandy slopes along the river are highly erodible, potentially affecting the quality and livability of the stream for the native brook trout present. Rising from the Outwash Plain, this land exhibits the characteristic Moraine Knolls associated with the Wausaukee Outwash Plains Landscape.
High banks of cedars, balsam fir and northern pin oaks slope down to the river in the glacial outwash plain. The land includes aspen, oak, pine and red maple woodlands, 27 acres of cedar and spruce swamp, and over 15 acres of restored prairie. This conservancy also provides excellent orchid habitat.Medicine Brook conservancy is a haven for numerous species. These — and dozens of other species — have chosen this as their home: lady tresses, huron green orchid, small purple fringed orchid, yellow lady's slipper, brown trout, brook trout, and black bear.
Both the Peshtigo and Little Peshtigo rivers provide habitat and recreational fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye, and bass. The intact floodplain forest and wetlands provide exceptional habitat for the large array of wetland and river-dependent wildlife including mink, otter, snowshoe hare, flying squirrel, bear, porcupine, wolf, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers, wood duck, sandhill crane, horned owl, and bald eagle. Protecting this property contributes to the conservation of the intact and natural landscapes that currently characterize the Little Peshtigo and Peshtigo Rivers corridor in this area, and ultimately the health of Green Bay.
Spikehorn Creek is a designated area of special natural resource interest, a priority navigable waterway and an outstanding waterbody by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The property protects 190 acres of wetlands, forested uplands, and fields which make great habitats for birds.
A property of this magnitude is a rare gem that consists of undeveloped shorelines, private forested lands and unique habitat. In addition to providing habitat for bear, bobcat and deer, this area is the home range for a local wolf pack. Numerous migratory and nesting, song and game birds have made this place their home, as well. This is one of the few remaining wilderness areas in northeast Wisconsin.Notable species include: white-tailed deer, gray wolf, bobcat, and black bear.