Woollam Family Nature Preserve

Size: 62 acres

Frontage: 2,450 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.

Trails: A short (approx .5 mile) 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 State Rd. 14 miles to Division Rd. Take a left and travel 1.8 miles to Lakeshore Drive/M-119. Turn right and travel .9 miles to the parking area 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 on the right (west) side of the road. The parking area is found just south of the sign.

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!

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