Hildner-Bearce / Waubun Nature Preserves

All dogs must be on a leash!

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


27 acres

Land Description

It is dominated by oak, maple, and beech and upland bluff habitat close to Burt Lake.

Trail Description

A short, community trail is found on this property.


With the original parcel for this preserve donated in 2008 by Gretchen Bearce and her son, David, the preserve grew to 27 acres in 2012 when a local fundraising initiative helped Little Traverse Conservancy acquire adjacent acreage to create the Waubun Preserve.


From downtown Indian River, travel 2 miles north on M-27 and turn left on Waubun Road. Travel one mile to the intersection of Waubun Road and Waubun Beach Road. Turn right (north) onto Chippewa Beach Road. The property is on both sides— Park along the side of the road.

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.