280-acre natural area on the campus of UW-Stevens Point with five miles of trails and boardwalks for running, walking, and biking. Fish, canoe, or watch wildlife on the pristine Lake Joanis. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Sunday 12pm to 3pm. It houses the Browse Shop, with a wide selection of nature-inspired gifts, the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and is the headquarters of the Green Circle Trail.
No pets are allowed in Schmeeckle Reserve. If you want to explore a longer trail check out the Lake Loop Trail which is about 1 mile looping around Lake Joanis. Or explore the University Trail which is 1.5 miles. There are also shorter trails to check out, such as the Berard Oaks Savanna Trail and the Plank Trail. Parking is available at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center at 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
The habitat is diverse with mixed conifer and deciduous forests, wet-lands, a small woodland stream, and 24-acre Joanis Lake. Its bird list is an impressive 218 species, with 33 species of mammals recorded on the site. In the spring, the amphibian chorus of frogs and toads sing nightly. The reserve's visitor's center houses the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Signature species include: Wood Thrush, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Rare species include: Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow & Red-headed Woodpecker.
Supported by the University of WI-Stevens Point, this facility provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy wildlife and relax as you follow the reserve's walking trails and tour the Visitor's Center. Gift shop on site.