HISTORY OF KISHWAUKTOE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The land on which Kishwauketoe sits was purchased in 1989, and formerly dedicated as a protected conservancy on July 6th, 1990, “To The Children of Tomorrow.” It is steeped in Native American history as the Potawatomi people, also called “Keepers of the Sacred Fire or The True People”, once inhabited the area. The name Kishwauketoe was selected because of its Potawatomi origin, and is loosely translated as “Clear Water” or “Lake of the Sparkling Water.” This is a perfect fit for a place that encompasses the beauty of Geneva Lake along with the lush and expansive pockets of nature.

From the time the train route was decommissioned, opening the way to development of   the area.  There were several plans for the property including a lagoon, resort,  and a mixed-use golf community with hotel-condominium complex.  Fortunately, The Williams Bay Village Board along with and outcry from Area Citizens, fearing   development would damage the water quality in the lake, rallied to acquire the land and turn it into a nature conservancy.  Today, Kishwauketoe represents a rare and evolving lakeside ecological area open to school groups and visitors throughout the year

Today, volunteers remove invasive species and replace them with native trees, grasses and wildflowers.  Bigger projects often require grants or support by other community organizations and Citizens dedicated to supporting our mission..  Trails are continuously maintained.  In fact over the years the volunteers at Kishwauketoe have achieved an amazing amount of work including:

  • Restoration of over over 65 acres of prairie
  • 4 miles of trails cleared and maintained
  • An Arboretum planted on the Harris Road entrance to conservancy
  • Construction of a two story viewing tower
  • Annual burns to keep invasive species in check

Review some of the great progress and accomplishments at Kiswhwauketoe by downloading our past newsletters and Social Media Updates