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

Please Note: In order to keep Grass Lake pristine and free from invasive species, OUTSIDE WATERCRAFT ARE NOT ALLOWED. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

A centerpiece property of GTRLC’s six-year Campaign for Generations, Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve is sure to dazzle visitors of all ages.

The roughly six miles of trail here are ideal for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and “cruiser” style biking. This is also an excellent preserve for bird watching and wildlife viewing in all seasons.

This property, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts for about 80 years before its acquisition by GTRLC, spans an impressive 1,288 acres and includes a wide variety of high-quality wildlife habitat. Of particular interest is the near complete lack of aquatic invasive species, making this property extremely valuable from a conservation standpoint.

In addition to about a mile of the north branch of the Manistee River, this property includes its own 130-acre spring-fed lake, multiple types of wetland habitat and several kettle-hole ponds. Mixed northern mesic forests and fields provide additional valued habitat. The property supports a large number of species, including loons, bald eagles, smooth green snakes and other species of special concern. As it is also is adjacent to state land on two sides, it significantly expands upon previously protected land.

To learn more about how this special place was protected, read the Upper Manistee Headwaters chapter in our Campaign for Generations wrap publication.

Hunting Rules and other regulations:

  • Deer hunting (all forms), along with small game and turkey hunting are allowed.  MDNR rules (along with any GTRLC regulations) broadly apply.
  • Trapping is prohibited.
  • Waterfowl hunting is prohibited.
  • Fishing is permitted in accordance with state regulations, but OUTSIDE WATERCRAFT ARE NOT ALLOWED. Contain your bait and please pack out whatever you bring in. For ice fishing, pop-up shanties are allowed, but must be removed daily (seasonal/permanent shanties are prohibited). Snowmobiles and ATVs are prohibited.
  • Open from dawn to dusk daily

For more general information about hunting and other regulations, please visit our Property Rules and Hunting Regulations page.

Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed at all times! Click here to find out why.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Boats and anglers can significantly contribute to the spread of invasive species in Michigan’s waterways. Every time you enter or leave a body of water, please do the following to prevent their spread:

  • Clean waders and equipment and remove all mud, debris, and aquatic plant material
  • Dry equipment thoroughly
  • Dispose of bait in the trash–please do not release bait into the water!

Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve

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