South Arm Creek Nature Area

Year Established

1980, 1986, 2004


6 acres Walloon South Bay Association Preserve, 10 acres Noel Preserve, 17.5 acres Hargreaves-Matthews Preserve


This nature area is a combination of Walloon South Bay Association Preserve, Noel Preserve and Hargreaves-Matthews Preserve. This area contains the first property to ever be donated as a preserve to the Conservancy; the subsequent additions helped to ensure protection of these critical wetlands which help filter and clean the water that flows into Walloon Lake. Thanks to many donors, this critical habitat and water quality feature is protected forever.


Shadow Trails Road, Melrose Township, Charlevoix County


  • Environmentally sensitive wetlands and 676 feet of shoreline frontage
  • South Arm Creek (Fineout Creek) runs through the property and feeds into Walloon Lake
  • Natural spring
  • Critical habitat for great blue heron, bald eagles, deer, mink and more
  • Hunting with permission only


  • Birding
  • Kayak & Canoeing
  • Hunting

Directions / Parking