While this property was protected by GTRLC, it is owned by Milton Township and managed by Milton Township and GTRLC. Please contact Milton Township with any issues.
This spectacular 389-acre property in Antrim County’s Milton Township is one of the largest remaining intact and undeveloped parcels near Torch Lake. It was protected by GTRLC in late 2018 after a multi-year effort in which GTRLC helped Milton Township secure a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and fundraise for the grant’s match and other stewardship needs.
From 1955 until 2011 it was home to Camp Maplehurst, a summer camp beloved by generations of campers and counselors. This beautiful parcel has 150 acres of steep hardwood forested bluffs that drain into Torch Lake and open meadows that surround Lake Maplehurst, a 60-acre spring-fed gem. Its position on high ground means visitors have excellent views of Torch Lake, Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay.
An enjoyable and diverse trail system opened to the public in 2019. Click on the trail map at left for details.
To learn more about how this special place was protected, read the Maplehurst chapter from our Campaign for Generations publication.
For more information and up-to-date rules and regulations, please contact Milton Township at (231) 264-6612 or visit their website here.
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Boats and anglers can significantly contribute to the spread of invasive species in Michigan’s waterways. Every time you launch into or leave a body of water, please do the following to prevent their spread:
- Clean boats, trailers, and equipment and remove all mud, debris, and aquatic plant material
- Drain water from watercraft, including live wells, bilges, and ballast tanks
- Dry watercraft and equipment thoroughly
- Dispose of bait in the trash–please do not release bait into the water!