Vermilion Point Nature Preserve

All dogs must be on a leash!

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

Size

175 acres

Frontage

9,240 feet along Lake Superior.

Land Description

This preserve is defined by the majesty and moods of Lake Superior and its remote location. It contains a wide sandy beach, low shore dunes, upland forest, old cranberry bog wetlands, and a stream. Ecologically, the land is a known habitat for the federally endangered piping plover.

Trail Description

A dirt road takes you to a parking area where easy access to the beach is available. A marked trail to the beach is open from the buildings.

History

This spectacular property was protected in February 2007 thanks to a bargain sale from Evan Noyes and his Wildshore Foundation and grants from the J.A. Woollam Foundation and the North American Wetland Conservation Act Program. Historically, this property and its associated buildings were a life-saving station first built-in 1876. Years of neglect and harsh Lake Superior weather have taken a toll on the buildings. Researchers from Lake Superior State University, The Nature Conservancy, and Michigan Audubon use the property to study the piping plovers and other birds, and the wetlands.

Directions

From Paradise, head north on Whitefish Point Road, approximately 5 miles. Turn left on Vermilion Road. The road will quickly become gravel and sand. Four-wheel-drive is highly recommended. In 0.6 mile, be sure to stay slightly to Vermilion Road's right (not towards Shelldrake Lake). Travel roughly 7¼ miles until the road veers north. Be careful not to follow the 452 veers off, but stay on the main road straight to Vermilion. Continue north on Vermilion Road for more than a mile. Follow signs to parking.

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.