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George and Althea Petritz Nature Preserve

Lake Drive,
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Size: 27 acres

Frontage: 500 feet on Lake Michigan

Land Description: Natural habitat for deer, wild turkey, and other animals as well as the state threatened Pitcher’s Thistle and Lake Huron Tansy. From the beach, you will have views of Garden, Hog, and Squaw islands. The preserve provides significant waterfowl and migratory bird habitat.

Trails: Located at the northeast end of Beaver Island, this preserve is walking distance from St. James Bay and town. A trail from the road takes you to the beach.

Directions: From Port of St. James, take Kings Hwy. south 1¼ miles to Barney’s Lake Road North and turn right. Continue 2½ miles and the preserve can be found on both sides of the road. Look for a sign on the left side. Parking is on the right.

Click here for a trail map. 

Recreation Type
Biking/Hiking Trails


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