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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 the Garden, Hog, and Squaw islands. The preserve provides significant waterfowl and migratory bird habitats.

Trails: Located at the northeast end of Beaver Island, this preserve is within 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

Google Reviews


Justin and Lindsay

5 months ago
This expansive nature preserve is a paradise for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. It is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and offers a network of trails perfect for hiking and exploring. The preserve also provides stunning views of Lake Michigan, making it a must-visit spot on Beaver Island.

Sharolyn Hun

4 years ago
Beautiful path about 1/3 of a mile to a sandy beach

Foli Becca

5 years ago
An easy walk through the woods. I followed a path that led me to a dune which opened up to this amazing view.

Jim Flanagan

5 years ago
This is a very nice little preserve near "downtown". Just a block or so from the grocery store. From the start of the preserve it's a very short walk to the lakefront. As you come out of the woods you have a very nice view of the lake.

Carrick Conway

8 years ago
A beautiful secluded place just a short walk from the road. Due to lower water levels in previous years, there is vegetation near on the shore, but still a great place to look off to neighboring islands.

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