Osprey Point is located in the Village of Bellevue along County Highway GV (Get direction to Osprey Point by clicking here: Map it!).
It is an 80 acre conservancy area maintained by the Brown County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. The Chapter raised funds in 1991 and purchased the land to protect and preserve this natural treasure. The property was donated to the Village of Bellevue and leased back to the Brown County Chapter (a 100 year lease) with the intent that it be maintained as a nature conservancy area.
Over the past 17 years, the Izaak Walton League has maintained the conservancy area for all area residents to enjoy, at no cost to Bellevue taxpayers. Osprey Point is the only natural conservancy area in Bellevue. It’s a peaceful place that provides a benefit for the entire community, offering residents a place to enjoy nature and wildlife.
The conservancy area has many outstanding features, including:
- Two ponds used for fishing by children, seniors and people with disabilities, including an annual fishing day for 150 students from Syble Hopp School
- Walking and hiking trails
- A Heron rookery
- Wild turkeys
- An Osprey nesting area
- Sandhill cranes
- Other wildlife