Even more land along the shores of Lake Huron can be protected.
More of the Les Cheneaux can be protected.
Little Traverse Conservancy has partnered once again with the Les Cheneaux Foundation and LTC supporters to preserve more land on Cube Point. Marquette Island is home to this pristine property and is among the 36-island archipelago of the Les Cheneaux Islands.
Part of the scenic approach to Hessel, Cedarville, and the Les Cheneaux Islands from Mackinac, Cube Point, originally called “Ke-che-to-taw-non Point,” is 9.24 acres with a combined total of 772 feet of beautiful, pristine frontage on Wilderness and Hessel Bays. This property’s preservation provides critical habitat for migrating birds, bald and golden eagles and osprey, outstanding shoreline habitat for waterfowl, and essential water quality protection for Lake Huron.
As the largest of the islands in the Les Cheneaux archipelago, Marquette Island is already home to 5 Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves: the Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve, the Catherine Seiberling Stewart Nature Preserve, the Wilderness Bay Nature Preserve (which this acquisition will add to), the Kathy Bricker Nature Lover Preserve, and the Sheppard-Hardy Nature Preserve. These preserves now total more than 1,000 acres and protect nearly five miles of Lake Huron shoreline.
The scenic Cube Point shoreline enhances all forms of water recreation, including the potential for a destination along the Les Cheneaux Islands Water Trail. Little Traverse Conservancy has the long-term goal of connecting the Cube Point property with the nearby Sheppard-Hardy Nature Preserve and expanding this land conservation effort eastward towards the Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve.