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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 and active recreation is discouraged.

Certain types of hunting are allowed on the property in accordance with state regulations. Please consider printing a Property Boundary Map to help stay within the preserve while hunting.

Permitted Hunting Seasons:

  • 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.


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