Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve

Size: 116 acres

Frontage: 3,500 feet on Lake Michigan

Land Description: A mix of conifer forest, thick cedar swamp, and sand dune habitats. Lake Huron Tansy and other threatened or endangered species thrive here.

Trails: A short trail (.4 mile) and boardwalk allow visitors to explore without causing damage to the sensitive habitat. The preserve provides public access to the lake and to a shallow, marshy beach.

History: Designated by a group of island residents as the number one priority for acquisition and preservation, the Conservancy acquired the original 60 acres in 1994. In 1999, the Conservancy assisted the state in acquiring 30 more acres. In 2011, LTC purchased a 28-acre addition to the preserve with funds from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. When added to adjacent state land to the north, nearly 1½ miles of shoreline are now protected.

Directions: From the Welke’s airport, go south on East Side Drive for approximately 200 yards. Look for a sign on the left side of the road.

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Above photo by Frank Solle