Woollam Family Nature Preserve

NOTE: Because of nesting birds, dogs and horses are not allowed at this nature preserve.

Size

69 acres

Frontage

3,300 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan and more than 2,300 feet on M-119.

Land Description

Mature beech-maple hardwoods near M-119 transition to mixed upland conifers near the water. The shoreline is sandy with rock and cobble in some areas as a result of the receded waterline. Much of the property is classified as “critical dunes” by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This was the largest remaining undeveloped and unprotected parcel on Lake Michigan in Emmet County. A short distance from Cross Village, the preserve offers community access to the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.

Trail Description

A short (approx 0.5 miles) trail takes you through the hilly woods to the beach.

History

Purchased with funding from and named after the John and Cyndi Woollam family.

Directions

From Harbor Springs, travel north on Lakeshore Drive (M-119) for 18.7 miles. The parking area is on your left (west) side. From downtown Cross Village (near Legs Inn), head south on Lakeshore Drive (M-119) roughly 1.7 miles, and you will see the preserve sign and parking area on the right (west) 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.