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While this property was protected by GTRLC, it is owned by the State of Michigan and managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Please contact them with any issues.

Pearl Lake is an incredible place to explore, bird and kayak. The lake has many deep lobes where waterfowl, birds, plants & animals can be observed. The lake is best accessed by the DNR boat launch on its north end. The Pearl Lake property is also part of a larger state-owned forest that can be accessed and explored on foot or via rugged dirt roads. Please note there are no formal marked trails at this property.

Read the Pearl Lake chapter from our 25th-anniversary publication Love the Land: Pass it On.

For more information and up-to-date rules and regulations, please contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Traverse City field office at (231) 922-5280 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!

DNR Boat Launch

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South Parking Area

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