The following are Conservancy nature preserves or working forest reserves in Emmet County that do not include formal parking areas or trails. As LTC preserves, they remain open to the public for appropriate and respectful use, keeping in mind the ecological protection of the land. Working forest reserves are open to hunting and other activities as allowed through the Commercial Forestry Act Program.
Arbaugh, Dean, Pack, Sharpe & Hansen 2 acres, 2010
West Traverse Township. Neighbors pooled together to create this scenic preserve with more than a quarter mile of M-119 frontage.
Armistead Family 16 acres, 2017
Springvale Township. Donated by the Armistead Family to help protect Pickerel Lake Watershed.
Black Forest Hall 23 acres, 2008
Little Traverse Township. First protected with a conservation easement in 2005, this property was donated in 2008 by Jack and Ceejay Heckenberg.
Black Hole Nature Preserve Management Unit 320 acres 2005, 2012, 2018
Littlefield Township. Located on the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Channel. Local fundraising and a grant from the J.A. Woollam Foundation made it possible.
- William J. Dickson Nature Preserve 4.75 acres, 2015
- Elbert Family Nature Preserve 16 acres, 2014
Philip J. Braun South 32 acres, 2015
Maple River Township. Purchased with funding from J.A. Woollam Foundation. Parking area off of US-31 between Brutus and Pellston. 1,500 feet frontage on Maple River.
Bryan Wildlife Nature Preserve Management Unit 180 acres, 1984 +
McKinley Township. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Garth P. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Garth M. Bryan, Joey Arbaugh, Bradley and Cynthia Claes, and Steven and Jane Roberts.
Martha Cavanaugh Cameron 6.5 acres, 2010
Little Traverse Township. Named in memory of Martha Cameron. Adjoins Menonaqua Woods Nature Preserve. Lies along Little Traverse Wheelway and M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
Jack and Sally Clark 5 acres, 2004
City of Petoskey. Donated by Sally Clark, this preserve is adjacent to property and trails owned by North Central Michigan College.
Clements 16 acres, 1992
Littlefield Township. Donated by Mr. Forrest Clements who left the property in his will.
Includes views of Crooked Lake.
Ralph and Ursula Compton 5 acres, 2014
Bliss Township. Donated by Mike, Emily, Joshua & Benjamin Compton in memory of Mike’s parents. Frontage on O’Neil Lake.
Covert 85 acres, 1980
Resort Township. Donated by Dorothy Covert in memory of her husband, Harold. Located near north arm of Walloon Lake.
Cranmer 4½ acres, 1990
Cross Village Township. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. William Cranmer. M-119 Scenic Corridor.
Cross Village Cross .1 acre, 2008
Cross Village Township. Donated by Thomas F. Graham, Jr. this property lies next to the Shurtleff Preserve and is the small piece of land on which the cross sits. The surrounding land is owned by Cross Village Township, which is not permitted to own a religious artifact.
Martha Curtis 25 acres, 2010
Bear Creek Township. Located adjacent to Bay View Woods, this preserve was donated by Martha Curtis and includes a mix of forest and field with views of Little Traverse Bay. Just outside of Petoskey city limits.
Duncan C. Dobson, Jr. 8 acres, 2009
Readmond Township. Lying along the M-119 corridor just south of Good Hart, this preserve was donated in memory of Duncan C. Dobson Jr. by his family.
Drayton 40 acres, 2004
Littlefield Township. Purchased at a significant bargain price from Ken and Kathy Drayton. Located in the Crooked River watershed, this preserve is mostly wetlands.
Edwards 3 acres, 1987
West Traverse Township. Donated by Herbert and Lorraine Edwards, this preserve is a slim scenic buffer.
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 1 40 acres, Division Road.
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 2 40 acres, Van Road
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 3 40 acres, adjacent to the southeast corner of the Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve and across road from Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve.
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 4 40 acres, Johnston Road, across the road from Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 5 40 acres, State Road
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 6 40 acres, Webb Road
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 7 40 acres, north of Stutsmanville Road; surrounded by private land
Emmet County Working Forest Reserve Parcel 8 40 acres, surrounded by private land
Enje Nkweshdat Wat 35 acres, 1991
Cross Village Township. Donated by Sarah McPharlin. M-119 Scenic Corridor.
A.C. Fischer Nature Preserve Management Unit 68 acres, 1973+
Little Traverse Township. Donations from Susan Bissell, Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer, Jack and Jacqueline Burley, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fairbairn, Margaret Fisk, and Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Morley.
John W. Fischer Memorial 3.5 acre, 2013
Little Traverse Township. Small preserve in memory of John Fischer. Funds were raised from variety of sources.
Fisher Family 41 acres, 1994+
Cross Village Township. Donated by the Walter Fisher Family. Includes a quarter mile frontage on Lake Michigan.
Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve Management Unit 90 acres, 1997+
West Traverse Township. Donors include William and Cheryl VonValtier, Joyce Smith, and Bob and Virginia Horner. M-119 Scenic Corridor.
- Henry & Anna Yeiser Nature Preserve 30 acres, 2018
Hankin’s Glen 13 acres, 2013
Bear Creek Township. A gift from Robert and Mary Coykendall.
Hathaway Family’s Regina Caeli 92 acres, 2017
Village of Mackinaw City. Donated by the Hathaway family. Close to town and several neighborhoods as well as Village of Mackinaw City lands.
Hymas Woods 149 acres, 2012
Littlefield Township. Gifted from Scott and June Hymas. Partially forested, good wildlife habitat and wetlands. Near Waldron Fen. 400 feet frontage on Banwell Road, 396 feet on Mission Road, and 1,320 feet on Coors Road.
James Nature Preserve Management Unit 6 acres, 1984+
Little Traverse Township. Donated by Dan and Ruby James, George and Lyda James, Dannie Bea Hightower, and Mr. and Mrs. Davis Family Trust.
John 11 acres, 1997
Friendship Township. Donated by the John Family. M-119 Scenic Corridor.
Kalman Nature Preserve Management Unit 71 acres, 1981
Little Traverse Township. Majority of land donated by Andrew Kalman with additional land gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Max Goldman Jr., Mr. Max Goldman, III, Jerry and Martha Rockwell, and Frank and Catherine Shumway.
Kinglet Nature Preserve Management Unit 83 acres, 2002/2011
Resort Township. Located near Bay Harbor, this project was funded through the US-31 Corridor Protection Program.
Albert E. Kuebler & Daughter Marce 20 acres, 2017
Maple River Township. Donated by Marceil Lasley in honor of her late father and the Kuebler family homestead. Mostly rolling open meadow, historically used as agricultural land.
Kuebler-Trippe-Huffman Nature Preserve Management Unit 34 acres, 2004
Little Traverse Township. Frontage on Powell Road, just down the road from entrance into LTC office and across the road from Round Lake Nature Preserve. Mostly wetlands.
- Horace M. Huffman, Jr. “Huffy” Nature Preserve 40 acres, 1997
- Kuebler-Trippe Nature Preserve 34 acres, 2004
Laughbaum 2 acres, 2003
Springvale Township. Located on causeway to Oden Island with 1,100 feet of Crooked Lake frontage.
Gow Litzenburger East Nature Preserve 80 acres, 2017
MacDonald 14 acres, 1990
Little Traverse Township. Donated by Murray and Katherine MacDonald. Along M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
Margaret Robinson Deane & Rob Deane Family 4.4 acres, 2018
Cross Village Township. Donated by Rob and Kathy Deane. Critical dune habitat, northern hardwoods and conifers, and nearly 600 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan.
Meadowgate Nature Preserve Management Unit 11 acres, 1978+
Little Traverse Township. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Leo Desimpel, Mr. and Mrs. C. Donnelly, Robert and Carolyn Sandford, and FIDODE.
- Sandford Nature Preserve 1 acre, 1978
Menonaqua Woods Nature Preserve Management Unit 113.5 acres, 2004
Lies along M-119 and Beach Drive. Most of this preserve has been donated by the Menonaqua Corporation.
- Michael Cameron Dempsey Nature Preserve 10 acres, 2015
Morris-de la Vergne & Luettjohann-Garver 30 acres, 2018
West Traverse Township. Funds to purchase this property were donated by Bill and Kim Morris in honor of their families. About one mile north of Harbor Springs on Hughston Road.
Orchis Fen 38 acres, 1984
Bear Creek Township. Protected in conjunction with the Michigan chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
John & Julia Pachy 36 acres, 2011
Carp Lake Township. Purchased at a bargain price from cousins Jim Moss and Al Owens. Includes 1,500 feet of Paradise Lake frontage.
Petersen 10 acres, 2011
Friendship Township. This preserve links together more than 350 acres of conservation-easement protected land and state land.
Phelan Orth Family 10 acres, 2012
Readmond Township. Donated by Ellen Phelan Shapiro. Along M-119 corridor near Goodhart.
Ponshewaing 21 acres, 1989
Littlefield Township. Primarily wetland with 315 feet of frontage on US-31 and Crooked Lake between Oden and Alanson. Donated.
Renker .5 acre, 2007
Little Traverse Township. Located within the Harbor Springs Greenbelt, this preserve includes 250 feet of frontage along M-119.
Resort Township’s East & West Parks
Owned and managed by Resort Township. Flanking Bay Harbor on both ends, these parks both include large paved parking lots and access to Little Traverse Bay. East Park includes a large picnic pavilion and flush toilets. Both lie along the Little Traverse Wheelway bike path. LTC worked with the township to secure these with a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in 1995.
Roaring Brook 20 acres, 1997
Little Traverse Township. Located just outside of Harbor Springs adjacent to Roaring Brook Association property.
Rocky Point 27 acres, 1986
Springvale Township. 2,000 feet frontage on Crooked Lake. Accessible only by boat. Predominantly swamp consisting of northern white cedar and balsam fir.
Rosen Family 4 acres, 1994
Readmond Township. Donated by Jay Rosen. 1,000 feet of frontage on M-119 and Lake Michigan. Across from Scott Family Nature Preserve.
Ryan 50 acres, 1998
Cross Village Township. Gift from Marion Ryan. Located along both sides of M-119 Scenic Corridor.
Schachinger North Nature Preserve Management Unit 6 acres, 1980+
Little Traverse Township. Donated by John and Helen Schachinger and John and Jane Bartley.
Scott Family 5 acres, 2012
Readmond Township. Donated by Richard and Julie Scott. Located along M-119 Tunnel of Trees between Goodhart and Cross Village.
Reg and Vivian Sharkey 3.2 acres, 2004/2011
Bear Creek Township. Purchased in honor of Reg and Vivian. Includes mouth of creek that drains Round Lake to Crooked Lake.
Shurtleff .4 acres, 1977
Cross Village Township. Located on a bluff between M-119 and Lower Shore Drive in Cross Village next to Legs Inn. Provides magnificent views of Lake Michigan.
Sims-Moffat Working Forest Reserve 70 acres, 1986
Center Township. Donated by Mrs. Marion Moffat. Located near Larks Lake, the property is managed for sustainable timber production.
South Round Lake Management Unit 10 acres, 1991+
Bear Creek Township. Four acres of this preserve were donated by the M-119 Development Group.
Sally Stebbins 28 acres, 2016
Pleasantview Township. Donated by Kenyon Stebbins in memory of Sally. Located kitty corner from Boyne Highlands pasture along Highlands Pike Drive. No smoking allowed on this preserve.
Stony Point 50 acres, 2000
Carp Lake Township. 3,000 feet of Paradise Lake (Carp Lake) frontage in northern Emmet County.
Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve 236 acres, 2016
Springvale Township. The lead gift for this land’s protection came from John and Mary Lou Tanton. Located directly east of the McCune Nature Preserve with frontage along Maxwell Road, southeast of Petoskey.
William and Stephanie Veling 66 acres, 2011
Carp Lake Township. Adjoins Smith Preserve and near Stony Point, Paradise Lake (Carp Lake) watershed.
Weimer’s Lake 12 acres, 1987
West Traverse Township. Donated by Elizabeth Kennedy, this preserve lies adjacent to Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.
West Wequetonsing 14 acres, 1973
Little Traverse Township. Donated by Jean and Janell Everest. Located between Ottawa Stadium and Pennsylvania Avenue just outside of Harbor Springs.
Charles S. Winston, Jr. 50 acres, 2005
West Traverse Township. Purchased with donations to the Harbor Springs Greenbelt Program and protected in honor of a long-time Conservancy board member.
Wortley Family 80 acres, 2016
Readmond Township. Gift from Jim and Carol Wortley.