A successful fundraising effort in 2000 resulted in the Conservancy’s purchase of this large, undeveloped waterfront property. The acquisition closed the door on a controversial 34-unit subdivision proposed for the site. Now the preserve helps maintain the water quality of Crooked Lake, which lies near the upper portion of the Inland Waterway, a 40-mile navigable waterway that boaters can take into Lake Huron at Cheboygan.
The protection of this property was an ideal example of a community coming together. A window of only three months was available to raise almost $1 million for the purchase. The result was an outpouring of support from many individuals, a family foundation, the lake association, and Littlefield Township.