harris-melvin family nature preserve

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7 acres


900 feet along Burt Lake

Land Description

Mostly forested wetlands providing scenic and wetland protection as well as rare public access.

Trail Description

A short trail leads to an overlook platform at the lake.


A lead gift from the Harris and Melvin families along with several other donations - including the Burt Lake Preservation Association and the Carls Foundation - made the 2019 protection of this preserve possible. Burt Lake is highly popular for cottages and boating and lies along the Inland Waterway. The Inland Waterway flows from Emmet County all the way to Lake Huron where it empties near Duncan Bay in Cheboygan.


From the blinking light at US-31 and M-68 in Alanson, head east on M-68 for 3.7 miles to Ellinger Road. Turn left and travel just over a mile for roadside parking for this preserve.


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