Historic Birch Lodge

Historic Birch Lodge
Historic Birch Lodge, Trout Lake, MI

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Anna Badgley - Little Trout Lake Preserve

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Badgley Preserve behind Birch Lodge, Trout Lake, MI
The latest news in the area is the acquisition by the Little Traverse Conservancy of about 25 acres with roughly 4,000' on Little Trout Lake.  This property is just outside of the village of Trout Lake, MI., and borders the Birch Lodge property on our east property line.  The woods behind the lodge and motel are now contiguous with the new preserve.

River Connecting Lakes Birch Lodge, Trout Lake, MI
Ann and Cliff were both concerned with conservation, and Ann donated the mouth of the river connecting Little Trout Lake with Big Trout Lake (aka Carp Lake) to the conservancy in 2006.  She had previously attempted to buy this property to protect it from development so we are sure she would be very pleased.

Little Trout Lake, Trout Lake, MI
Little Trout Lake provides shelter to many species of waterfowl when activities on the big lake increase in the summer.  Loons and diving ducks, eagles and osprey are frequently to be found there.  Also, moose have been seen to frequent the shores, as well as white tail deer, porcupine, and beaver.

Osprey at Batdgle Preserve, Trout Lake,  MI
The preserve will be open to fishing on Little Trout Lake, but camping and fires are prohibited.  The conservancy has plans to improve the dock, and to provide access via the trail from the northeast corner of Little Trout Lake.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful thing to do. If I were ever to come into an amount of money, thats one thing I would do- buy land and preserve it so nobody were able to develop it.