Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve
Established in 1991 by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve is a 180-acre tract featuring a nearly mile-long trail that winds through five habitats: old field, planted pine, young northern forest, northern wet meadow and northern shrub swamp, before ending in a small upland section surrounded by marl pit ponds.
It’s this variety of habitats that allows Upper Herring Lake to provide a variety of birding opportunities. In the spring visitors can listen for bitterns and rails in the wet meadow and shrub swamp or spot woodcock darting overhead in the old fields. Waterfowl gather in the marl pit ponds while sandhill cranes are among the birds that nest there.
The heart of the preserve is the 2,800 feet of frontage along the west side of Upper Herring Lake. The 542-acre lake is connected to Lower Herring Lake via Herring Creek with M-22 extending north between them.
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