The Lost Forty
January 23, 2019
Do you know the history behind the Lost Forty? In the original Government Land Survey of the area in 1882, this area of land was marked as a part of Coddington Lake. This error allowed the virgin pine of the area to be left alone by the loggers of that time. the Lost Forty actually spans 144 acres. You can find directions to the area on our website.
Much of the mature red and white pine can be found on the east end of the Lost Forty. These trees are up to 350 years old and anywhere between 22 and 48 inches in diameter. In other areas, white pine is managed for paper, lumber, wildlife, and aesthetics. These trees are harvested at 80 to 150 years. Pine can live up to 500 years, but most of the aspen growing in the area is about 60 years old and beginning to deteriorate. The old growth in the Lost Forty is valuable for wildlife, including, but not limited to, bald eagles, various hawks and woodpeckers, red squirrels, and weasels.
While visiting the Lost Forty, you can find a one-mile self-guided trail that makes its way through the area. Carry-in boat access is located on the north side of Coddington Lake. The lake offers northern pike fishing, mallard and wood duck hunting, and wild ricing.