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

Part of the larger Petobego State Game Area, this 48-acre addition protects a critical portion of rare and ecologically significant Great Lakes Coastal Marsh habitat. Among the region’s signature landscapes, the property features an unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline, frontage along Petobego Pond, and vital, healthy wetlands.

The property adjoins the Maple Bay Natural Area to the south and the Petobego State Game Area, creating more than a mile and a half of contiguous protected shoreline – by far the most on East Grand Traverse Bay. The addition also completes the protection around Petobego Pond, one of the last remaining coastal marshes on the eastern side of Lake Michigan.

Owned for decades by the Pulciphers, a prominent local farming family, this parcel’s protection prevents the development of this very developable piece into one or more lakefront estates that would have devastating effects on this important ecosystem.

In addition to maintaining signage and trails on the north side of the property and those that connect to Maple Bay Natural Area, GTRLC has been working in collaboration with the Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove invasive species.

To reach the addition and access the shoreline, park at the Maple Bay Natural Area‘s trailhead and follow the trail north toward the Petobego State Game Area. For a map of the Petobego State Game Area, click here or visit the state of Michigan’s website here for more information.

Read the Petobego State Game Area Addition chapter from Love the Land: Pass it On: The Story of the Campaign for Generations.


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.