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

Bauer Preserve is a great place for a quiet hike. The property features forested valleys, steep ridges, wetlands and nearly 2200 feet on the Intermediate (Dingman) River near the headwaters of the Chain of Lakes.  Located approximately five miles east of Central Lake, the preserve can be accessed via a trailhead and parking area on Wilson Road. The trail includes a loop atop a forested ridge and a spur to a platform along the Intermediate River.  The platform is a relaxing place to view the river, along with its flora and fauna.

For driving directions, please click the pin indicating the parking area on the map below and type in your address.


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.

Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed at all times! Click here to find out why.


Bauer Trails

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