Exploring Lion's Den Gorge Register

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Thu, Aug 22, 2024; 3:00 PM5:00 PM 

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08/22/2024 3:00 PM 08/22/2024 5:00 PM
Exploring Lion's Den Gorge

We will meet in the parking designated parking lot off of High Bluff Drive, and hike along the bluff above Lake Michigan, and down to the lake, an easy hike of roughly 2 miles. The beauty of this park is enough to attract us, but the inspiring story of how this area became an Ozaukee County Park is equally compelling.

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve 511 High Bluff Dr Grafton, WI 53024

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43.39960400,-87.95342300 Daniel McKinley dan.mckinley@gmail.com MM/DD/yyyy amOUuwqNAzpGSXwtHmnd12740

Organized By: Great Waters Group

Location: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve 511 High Bluff Dr Grafton, WI 53024

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Daniel McKinley
   dan.mckinley@gmail.com
   4144672911

On Thursday, August 22nd, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, in collaboration with our friends from the River Revitalization Foundation and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT), we will explore Lions Den Gorge in Grafton, WI.

We will meet in the designated parking lot off of High Bluff Drive, and hike along the bluff above Lake Michigan, and down to the lake, an easy hike of roughly 2 miles. The beauty of this park is enough to attract us, but the inspiring story of how this area became an Ozaukee County Park is equally compelling.  

Here is a brief description of the collaboration between land trusts, government agencies, private donors, and Ozaukee County, and how the undeveloped lakeshore property was acquired from its private owner and transferred to the county to be protected and managed as Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve:

In 2002, OWLT secured a contract to purchase the 72-acre undeveloped property along Lake Michigan from private owner Dr. Ghulum Dhar after lengthy negotiations led by Andy Holschbach. OWLT Executive Director, Tom Stolp will join us and talk about the difficult acquisition process.

The project received widespread support and funding from organizations like the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Town of Grafton, Ozaukee County ($300,000 contribution), the Riveredge Bird Club, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and private donors.
OWLT obtained a $455,000 matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to help acquire the property.

After the initial purchase, the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust transferred the deed to Ozaukee County to manage as a park and State Natural Area, with the intent of establishing a "Nature Preserve" within the county park system.

Level: Easy

Cost: No cost

Bring: Hiking boots, sunscreen, and water

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