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Deer Park

Recognition:  The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas Registry

Size: 60 acres

Location:  Extends 3 miles east from Deer Park on the shore of Lake Superior

Management: Lake Superior State Forest

Activities:  Scenic vistas, birdwatching, walking

Importance: This natural area has value in its simple beauty: a sand-gravel beach backed by forest extending along the Lake Superior shoreline. There are also open dunes and interdunal wetlands in the area. This was formerly a nesting area for the federally and state endangered piping plover, but the plovers have not used it for many years.  However, as the piping plover population continues to increase, it may once again provide the necessary habitat for these birds at some point in the future.