One of the best examples of a fen or peatland in northern Michigan.
A ¼ mile trail leads to the bog overlook and interpretive signs.
In 1999, the Conservancy purchased a large portion of the beautiful Stutsmanville Bog, an area that has been the subject of many ecological studies. The acquisition was made possible, in part, by a bargain sale from the sellers and with funds from the family of Julia Wells Terry. The 34 acres “C. Beach Day & Family” preserve addition was purchased in 2017, bringing the size to 99 acres. A bog is a unique type of wetland dominated by organic soil known as peat.
Marshes are also known for unusual plants such as the carnivorous pitcher plant and sundew, which receive their nutrients by entrapping and digesting insects. Wetlands are significant for filtering water that flows through them. Please be sensitive to the fragile nature of this ecosystem when visiting. Even sporadic foot traffic off the trails can permanently damage the vegetation.
From Harbor Springs, take State Road north approximately five miles. Look for the preserve sign on the right-hand side of the road. The parking area holds a few cars.