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Protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of sensitive wildlife, dogs are not allowed at this preserve. Also, a central portion of the boardwalk trail is closed each year from April 15 – July 15 in an effort to avoid disturbance of several species of birds as they nest in this critical habitat. Access during this closure remains available from both the M-22 and St. Pierre road parking lots.

Arcadia Marsh Preserve, located just south of Arcadia, MI, offers visitors access to a Great Lakes Coastal Marsh, a rare and declining natural community found only in Great Lakes coastal areas. It is estimated that over 80% of the original Great Lakes marshes have been destroyed. These marshes are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Arcadia Marsh is one of only 15 or so remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline. The marsh’s hydrology has been affected by human alterations and invasive species are established within the marsh, yet it remains a high conservation priority and will greatly benefit from restoration. Learn more about the Arcadia Marsh Restoration Project.

Read the Arcadia Marsh chapter from our 25th anniversary publication Love the Land: Pass it On.

Certain types of hunting are allowed in accordance with state regulations:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game, waterfowl and turkey hunting. When waterfowl hunting, GTRLC prohibits targeting of coots, common moorhens/gallinules and rail species.
  • No trapping

For more information, please visit our Hunting Regulations page.


Arcadia Marsh Trail

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