North Point Natural Area

Size: 27 acres

Frontage: 2,800 feet on Lake Michigan

Land Description: Here you will find forests in several stages of succession, Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes, and three threatened plant species: Pitcher’s Thistle, Lake Huron Tansy, and Pumpell’s Bromegrass.

Trails: Located adjacent to the Mt. McSauba recreation area just outside the city of Charlevoix, drive to the trailhead or enter from Mt. McSauba. A network of trails offers access to the beach and wooded back dunes (most frequently used trails are shown).

History: North Point was purchased with funds contributed by the people and businesses of the Charlevoix area, with the help of a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The land was deeded by LTC to Charlevoix Township as a public nature preserve.

Directions: From US-31 on the far north end of Charlevoix, take Mercer Road north (toward the lake). Turn left on Maple and then right on McSauba. Look for parking on your left near the sign or continue to the parking/turn around near the lakeshore.