Restoring a unique bridge….Preserving special memories.
In 1983, Agnes S. Andreae donated 27 acres of land along the banks of the Pigeon River to the Little Traverse Conservancy. The land donation included a small cabin and a footbridge that spanned the river from bluff to bluff.
For the past 34 years the Andreae Cabin, affectionately named Pigeon Cote, has hosted thousands of visitors including boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups, school groups, preserve users, conservation groups, and 4-H clubs. All who have stayed in the cabin have gone to sleep to the sound of the rushing river, and all who have visited the preserve have stood on the footbridge and enjoyed the peaceful wilderness experience that it offers.
The footbridge is one of only a handful of bridges that crosses the 42-mile-long Pigeon River. Cabin and preserve users have walked over this bridge on snowshoes in February, with a fly rod in April, and with sandals and bug spray in July. Time and long Michigan winters have taken their toll on the footbridge, and a major construction effort is under way this summer to restore the bridge.
We need your help! The total cost for restoring the bridge is $45,000. Please consider joining the Conservancy in this effort to restore the footbridge, ensuring that this special nature preserve feature will be available for future generations to enjoy.
All donations, big and small, are tax deductible and will help the Conservancy complete the bridge restoration effort. Please contact Ty Ratliff, Director of Donor Relations, at the Conservancy if you have questions. Ph# 231.347.0991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are welcome via check, on-line, or stock transfer.
Please mail checks to:
The Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Write ‘Andreae footbridge’ in the memo section of your check.
Thank you for your support:
– Preston Feather Lumber
– Johnston Engineering
– Little Traverse Bay Bands Youth Conservation Corps volunteers
Quotes from the Andreae Cabin Guest Books:
January 30-31, 1998 – Troop 4, BSA, Alanson
“What a beautiful weekend to be out in God’s country. The warm weather and sun shining down on us made for a perfect outing. Four leaders and fifteen boys enjoyed both the outdoors and indoors. We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and friendship. And hopefully the boys know what is meant by the quote from Benjamin Franklin, ‘Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.’ We could never repay the Nature Conservancy for the wonderful times spent here.”
October 6-8, 2000 Gaylord Royal Rangers
“Compass course was done and rewards were presented. Blind Man Pitfall was a real adventure. Food was Great! Cabin is a blessing to all of us that can use it. Flint and steel starting was hard to do, but we got 3 fires going.”
February 15-17, 2002 Troop 222, Cedar Springs
“We are having a great time. Snowball fights, 5 mile hike, the works. It’s all fun. We found a tributary across the bridge. We followed it up and we found elk tracks. It was pretty cool. We have 10 scouts and 4 adults. This place is the best.”
July 10-12, 2008 Recovery on the River
“16 addicts in recovery. Small group this year, but was a great experience. Some trout were caught. Everyone enjoyed the river and the great message given by our campfire speakers. Everything in the cabin worked great. Hope to return next year.”
October 12-13, 2013 Crew 290
“It has been a great, long 14 years camping together, starting as a girl scout troop. Most of us are pursuing post-high school endeavors, soon to be post-college. This is our last official visit to our beloved Andreae cabin and it was wonderful. This morning we had blueberry/raspberry pancakes. We took a long hike through the magically colored woods to the bluff overlooking the bend in the river. We saw a wood creeper and a couple of chickadees…With the cabin cleaner than we found it, time to head home and open a new chapter in life.”