North Shore Nature Area

Year Established



53 acres; 18.5 acres Melrose Township Parkland


This nature area combines North Shore Preserve, Hermann Preserve, and Melrose Township parkland. The Conservancy and eight donor families purchased the North Shore Preserve to protect it from logging and because it supports natural springs and ground-water recharge areas important for water quality. Melrose Township owns the land to the north and west, with more trails to explore.


Adjacent to Melrose Township parkland along North Shore Drive, Melrose Township, Charlevoix County


  • Marked trails and parking
  • Uplands with mixed deciduous trees and scattered evergreens
  • Active artesian spring
  • Hilly terrain
  • Bow hunting by Conservancy permission only on North Shore Preserve


  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Directions / Parking

WLTC and Melrose Township share access to this land from a parking area along North Shore Drive, just north of Whitfield Way, on the east side of the road.