Hildner-Bearce / Waubun / Davis Family Nature Preserves

All dogs must be on a leash!

And please clean up after your pooches while using the trails.

Size

46 acres

Land Description

It is dominated by oak, maple, and beech and upland bluff habitat close to Burt Lake.

Trail Description

A short, community trail is found on this property.

History

With the original parcel for this preserve donated in 2008 by Gretchen Bearce and her son, David, the preserve grew to 27 acres in 2012 when a local fundraising initiative helped Little Traverse Conservancy acquire adjacent acreage to create the Waubun Preserve. The 19-acre Davis Family Nature Preserve was added to this preserve complex in 2021 and named after Daryl and Ginny Davis in honor of their family.

Directions

From downtown Indian River, travel 2 miles north on M-27 and turn left on Waubun Road. Travel one mile to the intersection of Waubun Road and Waubun Beach Road. Turn right (north) onto Chippewa Beach Road. The preserves are on both sides. Park along the side of the road.

Check out the plants and animals found at this preserve using the iNaturalist guide below. Help us document more with iNaturalist.org and eBird.org.