Clyde and Martha Williams Nature Preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

80 acres

Frontage

Lies along Maxton Road.

Land Description

The Williams Preserve is mostly forested with either upland mixed hardwood/conifer stands (including white pine and hemlock components); northern hardwood stands dominated by beech and maple (with a minor element of ash, ironwood, basswood, and balsam fir); and lowland areas dominated by cedar, balsam fir, and paper birch. Fallow agricultural fields are now vegetated with bracken fern, blackberry, various tree seedlings, and saplings in small areas. Soils in some areas are flat and sandy, and very rocky in others, with some large boulders. Fissured bedrock is visible at the surface in some spots. Ancient post-glacial lake shorelines are evident on the preserve. An old stone wall built by early Island settlers is located in the east part of the preserve.

Trail Description

An easy 1.3 mile trail.

History

The Williams Preserve was purchased at a bargain price and named after the sellers’ parents.

Directions

From Detour, take the ferry to Drummond Island. Drive onto M-134 / East Channel road for 7.9 miles. Turn left at South Townline Rd. Travel 1.5 miles to Drummond Rd. / East Maxton Rd. Turn right and go ½ mile to the preserve on the left.

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.