Church Family Preserve

Year Established

2011

Size

26.5 acres

Bio

Frank and Marion Church purchased this land in the 1980’s, managing it for pine, spruce, and some hardwoods. Frank kept the pine thinned and healthy, and the fields free of shrub growth. After Frank’s passing, Marion donated 26 acres to the Conservancy. At the preserve’s highest elevation, approximately 800 feet, you can see Lake Charlevoix.

Location

Camp Daggett Road and Camp Sherwood Road, Bay Township, Charlevoix County

Features

  • Flat, easy terrain-deer, turkey, fox, and songbird habitat
  • Views of Lake Charlevoix
  • Open meadow
  • Pine and spruce plantations
  • Oak and cherry woodlands

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • X-Country & Snowshoeing
  • Parking

Directions / Parking

Preserve entrance is south of 05947 Camp Daggett Road and south of Camp Sherwood Rd. Look for a two-track leading into the fields on the west side of the road. Park at the preserve sign.