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

Betsie Dunes features fragile and unique habitats and is considered a “sanctuary” by the Conservancy. The preserve is situated on Lake Michigan’s shore and includes the unique open dune natural community. The preserve is located along a significant migratory route for numerous bird species and provides habitat for the federally and state listed Pitcher’s Thistle.

Although Betsie Dunes is open to the public, its sensitive features are not suited to disturbance, so there is no parking area or trails. Active recreation is discouraged.