Frog Bay Tribal National Park and the Frog Creek Conservation Management Area
Frog Bay Tribal National Park (FBTNP) is the first tribal
national park in the United States! The park and CMA were made possible
through several efforts:
The original 89 acre parcel of former Red Cliff Reservation
land was successfully reacquired by a grant from NOAA’s Coastal and Estuarine
Land Conservation Program, grant assistance from Bayfield Regional Conservancy,
and a considerable donation by the landowners at the time, David and Marjorie
Johnson. All of the park’s infrastructure you see today – the trail system,
interpretive signs, bridges, and comfort station – was developed through
careful planning by tribal staff on this first conservation parcel.
A second, 82 acre private parcel was acquired in 2017 using
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding from EPA’s Great Lakes
National Program Office. The acquisition permanently protects the lower
estuary and mouth of Frog Creek and further restored former reservation lands
to tribal ownership.
In an effort to protect the headwaters of the Frog Creek
watershed and preserve historical and cultural use of this place, the Red Cliff
Tribal Council formally adopted the Frog Creek CMA. The Frog Creek CMA
consists of Frog Bay Tribal National Park, 40 acres of land that was already in
tribal ownership, and 80 acres of Bayfield County forestry land that was
purchased through GLRI funding awarded from BIA. Bayfield County Board of Supervisors
voiced overwhelming support in Red Cliff’s conservation and land repatriation
efforts at Frog Bay when approving the title transfer.
In total, the CMA permanently protects almost 300 acres of
land around Frog Bay.
Frog Bay Tribal National Park is open to tribal members
and the general public alike, but the greater Frog Creek CMA is a core
conservation area and, as such, is only open to designated uses by tribal
members. If you are not a Red Cliff Tribal Member, we ask that you
restrict your use to the trail system and the beach at Frog Bay. Please
use this map to know where you are in the park to avoid entering unauthorized
areas, and please practice “leave no trace” principles while enjoying the
natural beauty at Frog Bay!
For questions, contact Chad Abel 715/779-3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, including a map of the trails, please see Frog Bay Tribal National Park Brochure
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