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This spectacular 400-acre property is one of the largest remaining intact and undeveloped parcels near Torch Lake. From 1955 until 2011 it was home to Camp Maplehurst, a summer camp beloved by generations of campers and counselors. This beautiful property has northern hardwood forests and open meadows that surround Lake Maplehurst, a 60-acre spring-fed gem. Its position on high ground means visitors have views of Torch Lake, Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay.
We helped Milton Township successfully apply for a $1.9 million Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund grant so the land can be used for a public park. The grant, approved on Dec. 7, will cover about 70 percent of the cost to acquire the land. We anticipate a need of about $1.8 million to cover a local match requirement for the grant, the cost of immediate stewardship (including demolition of several aging buildings on the property) and endowing the property’s care.
While other recreational properties in Milton Township provide access to shoreline and nature, none at this time feature a trail system. GTRLC and the township believe this park would provide a wonderful setting for a trail system for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There is also extensive waterfront area that will allow fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating. Aside from recreation, this is yet another project that will serve to safeguard water quality in the Chain of Lakes watershed.