Conservancy Lands & Trails

Pheasant Branch 2018 Flood Damage Assessment and Five Year Plan

Trail Safety
The map below identifies areas of the Pheasant Branch trail system that are Closed, Accessible, and should be used with caution, and trails that are Open.  If you have any questions, please call our main office at 608-821-8360.  

Note: The Pheasant Branch Corridor from Parmenter to Century is temporarily closed due to elevated water levels. (3/14/19)
The North Fork Trail from Deming to Hitters is closed.(3/14/19)
Graber and Tiedeman Pond boardwalks and unpaved trails are closed due to elevated water levels. (3/14/19)

Middleton Hills Boardwalk Replacement

As a result of strong neighborhood opposition of a plan to replace the boardwalk with a paved path at the September Conservancy Lands Committee meeting, staff are holding a neighborhood meeting.  On Monday, November 26th at 6:00 pm a neighborhood meeting will be held to discuss options on how best to proceed with replacing the boardwalk.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 7426 Hubbard Ave.  City staff has created three alternatives HERE.  If consensus is reached on an alternative the following timeline for the project is below:

  1. 11/28/18        Conservancy Lands Committee Approval
  2. December      Put project to bid
  3. 1/15/19           Award of bid by Finance/Council   

Conservancy Lands Plan 2018-2023
The Conservancy Lands Plan 2018-2023 is a guiding document for City of Middleton's land stewardship activities on its conservancy lands.   Middleton’s conservancy lands system provides over 835 acres of open space and represents approximately 14 percent of land within the City. The conservancy system includes both conservancy lands and the trails within these lands.  Conservancy lands are public lands managed for natural vegetation, habitat, water quality and passive recreation.  Although conservancy lands vary in size, vegetative communities, landscape features, management priorities, and uses, most conservancies share some or all of the following characteristics: 

  • Unique plant communities, wildlife, and/or geology.
  • Ecological function, such as protecting water quality or preserving wildlife habitat.
  • Maintained as natural area and restored to native plant community.
  • Provides opportunities for passive recreation, education, and volunteering.

Read about Pheasant Branch Conservancy being named as 1 of 4 unforgettable biking locations in WI!

Take a stroll and visit over 15 trails and conservancies including Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond, Tiedeman Pond, Bock Forest and more. The Middleton Public Lands Division oversees all conservancy land and trails within the City of Middleton. The division is responsible for all planning maintenance and yearly improvements on the land within its jurisdiction.
The Pheasant Branch Conservancy is considered 1 of 100 Wisconsin Wetland Gems and 1 of 26 Wetland Workhorses. Please see the Wetland Gem Flyer for more information. Wetland Gem books are also available in the Public Lands Department at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave.

Bock Community Forest

Bock Brochure

Newest Trails

Graber Pond Trail
South Fork Trail