Protected, Owned and Managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Protected in 2007, the Papoose Lake Nature Sanctuary encompasses 46 acres of northern hardwood forest, a diverse bog and shoreline on Papoose Lake, and a nearby pothole lake. Papoose Lake is part of a small enclave of kettle lakes – a unique formation of receding glaciers – that offer numerous recreational opportunities including fishing and wildlife viewing. The unique conditions at the Papoose bog provide exceptional habitat for over 50 plant species. The naturally vegetated shoreline helps to maintain the pristine water quality of Papoose Lake and prevents invasive vegetation from becoming established.

Although the bog’s peat mat looks sturdy, it is very unstable. The unique vegetation is easily disturbed. To help navigate the preserve please check out and download the Boundary Map.