Ray Johnston Nature Preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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


53 acres


82 feet on Pickerel Lake.

Land Description

This land includes upland forested hardwoods dropping down to forested wetlands in the northwest corner. A steep bluff created by post-glacial Lake Algonquin runs along with the property's north and east parts.

Trail Description

More than one mile of trails are available.


Purchased in 2005, this preserve helps protect the Inland Waterway/Cheboygan River watershed.


ADDRESS: 9600 Artesian Lane, Petoskey From the intersection of M-119 and US-31 on the north end of Petoskey, follow US-31 ½ mile to Pickerel Lake Rd. Turn right and follow Pickerel Lake Rd. for approximately 7½ miles (the road has several confusing turns at intersections, so watch the road signs). Turn left on Ellsworth Road, go about one mile, and turn left on Artesian Lane. Look for a parking lot and preserve sign.

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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