Northern Michigan’s landscapes inspire and restore us. They are the vital and irreplaceable heart of our communities, as well as our economic base. Our landscapes are what make our region unique and a great place to live, work, and play. Connecting people to these amazing places is core the Conservancy’s mission.

PRESERVES

Conservancy preserves are lands protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Visitors to these properties can expect to experience similar signage, interpretive maps and kiosks.

Indicates a Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Preserve

OTHER PROTECTED LANDS

Other protected lands are defined as properties that GTRLC protects in partnership with local units of government, like townships or counties, which, once preserved, are managed by the municipalities. Amenities on these properties and rules regarding their use may vary and are at the discretion of the municipality.

Acme Shoreline

Grand Traverse County / 4 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim County / 156 Acres

  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

Benzie County, Manistee County / 3600 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing
  • Trail Running

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve

Manistee County / 273 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking

Bauer Nature Preserve (Arnold and Shirley Bauer & Pamela L. Polaczyk Nature Preserve)

Antrim County / 362 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Betsie Dunes Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 88.56 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Brinkman Bog Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 51 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Bullhead Lake Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 28 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking

Carter Strong Bird Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 6 Acres

  • Birding
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Cedar River Natural Area

Antrim County / 193 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 318 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing

Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 135 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Deepwater Point

Grand Traverse County / 17 Acres

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Elberta Dunes South Natural Area

Benzie County / 58 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Vistas

Elisabeth Parr Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 5 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Fruithaven Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 176 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

Antrim County / 345 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing
  • Trail Running

Golden-Days Loon Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 18 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 242 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 40 Acres

  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Trail Running

Hickory Meadows

Grand Traverse County / 116 Acres

  • Hiking
  • Parking
  • Skiing / Snowshoeing
  • Trail Running

Howard and Mary Dunn Edwards Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 77 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Parking

John J. Helstrom Quiet Area

Benzie County / 40 Acres

    Kewadin Wetlands Natural Area

    Antrim County / 40 Acres

    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Sanctuary

    Lake Ann Beach

    Benzie County / 2 Acres

      Loon Nursery

      Antrim County / 32 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Parking

      Man Made Lake

      Manistee County / 14 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Parking
      • Swimming

      Maple Bay Farm

      Grand Traverse County / 11 Acres

      • Hiking
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Swimming

      Maple Bay Natural Area

      Grand Traverse County / 452 Acres

      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Swimming

      Medenbrook Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 37 Acres

      • Hunting
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Sanctuary

      Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve

      Benzie County, Manistee County / 627 Acres

      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing

      Mitchell Creek Nature Preserve

      Grand Traverse County / 128 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Hunting
      • Parking

      North Skegemog Nature Preserve

      Antrim County / 37 Acres

      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Sanctuary

      Palastra-Holm Nature Preserve

      36 Acres

      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Sanctuary

      Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

      Kalkaska County / 46 Acres

      • Hunting
      • Sanctuary

      Pearl Lake

      Benzie County / 249 Acres

      • Birding
      • Fishing
      • Hunting
      • Kayaking / Canoeing

      Pelizzari Natural Area

      Grand Traverse County / 62 Acres

      • Hiking
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Trail Running

      Petobego Creek Natural Area

      Grand Traverse County / 240 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hunting
      • Parking

      Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

      Grand Traverse County / 159 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Parking

      Railroad Point Natural Area

      Benzie County / 64.90 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Scenic Vistas
      • Swimming

      Ransom Lake Natural Area

      Grand Traverse County / 220 Acres

      • Birding
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Trail Running

      Reffitt Nature Preserve (George & Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve)

      Grand Traverse County / 106 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Parking

      Sagaser Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 20 Acres

      • Hunting
      • Sanctuary

      Seven Bridges

      Kalkaska County / 314 Acres

      • Birding
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing

      Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area

      Antrim County, Kalkaska County / 3300 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing

      South & Fox Island Nature Preserves

      Grand Traverse County / 24 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Scenic Vistas
      • Swimming

      South Boardman Preserve

      Kalkaska County / 111 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking

      South Branch Nature Preserve

      Grand Traverse County / 47 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Hunting
      • Parking

      South Long Lake Forest

      Grand Traverse County / 109 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Trail Running

      St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Natural Area

      Antrim County / 255 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Parking

      Timbers Recreation Area

      Grand Traverse County / 250 Acres

      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Parking
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Swimming
      • Trail Running

      Torch Bay Beach

      Antrim County / 38 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Parking
      • Swimming

      Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 140 Acres

      • Hunting
      • Sanctuary

      Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 180 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Parking

      W.L. Criger Wetland Nature Sanctuary

      Antrim County / 5 Acres

      • Kayaking / Canoeing
      • Sanctuary

      Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve

      Antrim County / 41 Acres

      • Birding
      • Parking
      • Swimming

      Yuba Creek Natural Area

      Grand Traverse County / 413 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Scenic Vistas
      • Skiing / Snowshoeing
      • Trail Running