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

PLEASE NOTE: A dock will be installed sometime in 2021. Until that time, we strongly discourage visitors from bringing in their own boats. The shoreline is very mucky and unstable. Proceed at your own risk. Motors of any kind are prohibited.


Lower Woodcock Lake is a true gem within the Platte River watershed. It contains the entirety of  undeveloped Lower Woodcock Lake, a picturesque 22-acre lake surrounded by beautiful forest.

The conservation qualities of this preserve don’t stop there. It also contains most of a small unnamed stream that flows from Upper Woodcock Lake to Lower Woodcock Lake, the entire stretch of another unnamed stream from the lower lake that feeds into the Platte River and a full half mile of frontage on the Platte River itself. And while not completely surrounded by state land, about 70 percent of the property – including portions of all four sides – borders state forest. Such contiguity is critical for wildlife corridors, recreation and other factors.


Fishing is allowed in accordance with state regulations, but motors of any kind are prohibited. Certain types of hunting and are allowed in accordance with state regulations:

  • Deer hunting; all forms.
  • Small game
  • Turkey
  • TRAPPING AND WATERFOWL HUNTING ARE NOT ALLOWED

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.


Lower Woodcock Lake Trail Map

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