BEULAH BLUFF PRESERVE
Beulah Buff Preserve is located at N9026 Bakavi Way, East Troy, WI 53120. It overlooks the north west shoreline of Lake Beulah. Driving to the site, follow Springers Bridge Road to Beulah Heights Road going east. Bakavi Way is on the left, after passing Camp Charles Allis on the right.
Kettle Moraine Land Trust purchased this 7.9 acre property in August, 2012 to protect the restored Bur Oak Prairie. This purchase was made possible by a grant from the Wisconsin DNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program using a sponsor match created when the Hartranft family donated their Natural Area conservation easement. The previous owners of this property, Bill and Kathy Tarman-Ramcheck, accepted the DNR appraisal value as the sales price and donated to the Kettle Moraine Land Trust Stewardship Reserve along with other community members who made this purchase possible.
Eric Tarman-Ramcheck prepared a restoration plan for his family property and has worked for many years to realize it, recreating the open, native parire on the bluff overlooking Lake Beulah. He led the removal of non-native species from the existing paririe remnants, performed annual burns on the property and reseeded native plant species. His Beulah Bluff Preserve Restoration Map showing the areas being restorated is available for viewing (below).
The Tarman-Ramcheck homestead structures were removed from this site during 2013 (see event photos link, below). The structure areas are being restored to grass and prairie (see restoration photos link, below). An observation deck was built in 2014 for the south facing lawn area to provide a view of Lake Beulah from the Preserve. Much of the brush covering the south facing slope has been removed during EAHS workday events. A survey of Beulah Bluff Preserve is available (below) and Conserved Property signage is posted along the property boundaries. Public parking is provided in a gravel parking lot constructed during the spring of 2015. Volunteer workday events are planned for several times during each year to help KMLT continue to restore and manage this unique preserve. See event photos (below) for a record of some of these activities.
Beulah Bluff Preserve was acquired by KMLT in part with funds from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant. With the receipt of these funds KMLT is obliged to allow five nature based outdoor activities the WDNR promotes on any state funded properties: hunting, fishing, trapping, cross-country skiing and hiking. There are no lakes or streams on the preserve so fishing is not offered. Due to the small size of the preserve available for hunting, KMLT’s grant was awarded with restrictions on hunting and trapping. These restrictions prohibit gun hunting and allow archery hunting for deer and turkey with a permit. Click here archery hunting and permit application information.
Beulah Bluff Preserve is open during the winter months for your enjoyment, but be aware the driveway and parking area is not plowed! You are advised to park your vehicle at the base of the drive entrance, and safely off the roadway.
Survey of Beulah Bluff
Beulah Bluff Preserve Restoration Map
View the Beulah Bluff Preserve Management Plan
View the 2017 Management Plan activity summary
View the homestead deconstruction photos
View the 2014 Elkhorn Area High School Workday photos
View the Preserve Restoration Plans and Event Photos
View the 2015 Elkhorn Area High School Workday photos