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Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin – Volunteer Vacations 2022

August 14 - August 20

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Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northern Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior. The refuge was established in 1999 in an effort to restore coaster brook trout, a native trout that spawns in Whittlesey Creek and spends its adult life in Lake Superior. The Coaster Classroom Trail will be a new trail that winds its way up the small hillside near the coaster classroom interpretive center, down through a small cattail wetland, across a bridge over a stream, and run adjacent to the clear waters of Whittlesey Creek. Volunteers will help prep the surface of the trail and unload rock over the trail bed. They will also construct a boardwalk over the wetland and a bridge that spans Little Whittlesey Creek. Total trail length will be 1/2 mile. A subsequent project will consist of maintenance of the boardwalk and gravel trail near the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Volunteers will replace damaged boards and posts and groom the trail surface with rock. The trail is 1/2 mile long.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.


Fish and Wildlife Service


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day.

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Minimum Volunteer Age


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Area and Attractions

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is the gateway to the crystal clear waters of Lake Superior. Volunteers will have the opportunity to boat or kayak in the Apostle Islands, enjoy a day shopping the local stores in Bayfield, and enjoy fresh caught fish from the Lake at local restaurants in Ashland. Volunteers can also visit one of the many local waterfalls, including Amnicon Falls and Copper Falls. And if the temps are warm enough, volunteers could even enjoy a swim at the sand beaches on Madeline Island.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will camp near the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center with access to bathrooms, showers and a full kitchen, but cooking over a fire is also permitted. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.


Duluth International Airport in Duluth, MN is the closest airport. Airport pickup is not provided for this trip. Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from camp and the work site. Carpooling can be arranged once the project is confirmed.


Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County HWY G, Ashland, WI 54806 United States + Google Map