This natural oasis just outside of Petoskey provides habitat for many classic wetland species. School groups regularly report sightings of turtles, fish, and a multitude of birds.
Trail & Facilities Description
A paved parking area is found directly off M-119. Facilities include a gazebo, lake overlook, boardwalked trails across the wetlands, water, restrooms, picnic tables, and a fishing platform. This park connects directly to the North Western State Trail. Closed during the winter months.
Spring Lake Park marks the beginning of the “Gateway to Harbor” corridor, a high priority land protection region for the Conservancy which stretches along M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Located across from the Indian Hills Trading Post, the park is a favorite place for fishing, picnicking, and observing wildlife.
Approximately half the lake frontage was obtained by Bear Creek Township in 1988 with Conservancy help. A Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, obtained by the township and Conservancy in 1995, enabled the township to purchase the remaining half of Spring Lake frontage on M-119.
With the additional land obtained, this township park now includes all the Spring Lake frontage along M-119. Another grant was received in the late 1990s to develop the parking area, restrooms, and the interpretive trail.
Directions: At the intersection of US-31 and M-119 at the north end of Petoskey, head north on M-119 for less than ½ mile. The park is on the right.