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GT Regional Land Conservancy Opens Lower Woodcock Lake Preserve To Public

By Beth Milligan | Aug. 31, 2020

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has opened a new 230-acre nature preserve to the public in Benzie County.

Lower Woodcock Lake is located within the Platte River watershed. The preserve contains the entirety of undeveloped Lower Woodcock Lake, a picturesque 22-acre lake surrounded by forest, as well as a half mile of frontage on the Platte River. Approximately 70 percent of the property borders state forest, creating contiguity for wildlife corridors and recreation. The property can be enjoyed from a 0.8-mile trail, with more trails planned to be built in 2021.

According to GTRLC, dogs must be leashed at all times while at the property. “Also note that a dock for non-motorized watercraft will be installed sometime in 2021,” the organization wrote in a release. “Until that time, we strongly discourage visitors from bringing in their own boats. The shoreline is very mucky and unstable. Proceed at your own risk.”

For more info and directions to the property, click here.

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