Miller’s Marsh Natural Area

Owned by Central Michigan University

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

230 acres

Land Description

Miller’s Marsh is the largest and most diverse marsh found on Beaver Island. This wetland’s diversity consists of open shallow water, extensive sedge (to the west), and sphagnum mats (to the east) surrounded by a vast mature second-growth beech-maple forest— home to frogs, migratory birds, and waterfowl.

Trail Description

A small parking area leads to a one-mile trail that includes an interpretive brochure. This area also marks the southern end of the island’s Doty’s Camp Trail.

History

The southernmost body of water on Beaver Island’s west side is Miller’s Marsh, named after former Beaver Head Lighthouse Keeper Harrison “Tip” Miller. Purchased by the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1997, this property was conveyed to the Central Michigan University Biological Station in 1998.

Directions

From St. James, take King's Hwy south for 4 miles. Turn right (west) onto Paid Een Ogs Road. Continue about 1½ miles. At the four corners and airport, turn left (south) onto West Side Drive. Continue on West Side Drive, approximately five miles to Miller's Marsh, on the road's left (east) side.