L. John & helen bishop working forest reserve

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Size

360 acres

Frontage

7,500 feet along the Little Pigeon River (both sides)

Land Description

Mixed forest and wetlands.

Trail Description

Roughly two miles of trails that connect to the trails of the Boyd B. Banwell Nature Preserve.

History

Long held and maintained as a hunting getaway, Little Traverse Conservancy purchased this land in 2023. Stuart and Patty Bishop gave the lead gift to name the reserve in memory of Stuart's parents. Many families in the local Columbus Beach Club joined the effort to ensure the property's immediate trail and ecological care and long-term investment in its stewardship.

Directions

ADDRESS: 1093 Ostrander Road, Afton, MI 49705 - From Indian River, travel 6 miles east on M-68 to Quarry Road, a dirt road. Turn left (north) and travel for two miles to W. Ostrander Road. Turn left (west) and parking area will be .2 mile down on the left (south) side of the road.

Printable Trail Map

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.

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