Formation of Frog Bay Tribal National Park and the Frog Creek Conservation Management Area (CMA)


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



For more information, please see Red Cliff’s Frog Bay Tribal National Park Receives Governor’s Tourism Award for Stewardship

For more information, including a map of the trails, please see Frog Bay Tribal National Park Brochure

For more information, including a map of the trails, please see Public Recreation Brochure

For more information Travel Wisconsin - Frog Bay Tribal National Park

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