Where to Hike During Deer Season

Preserve Options for Non-Hunters

Little Traverse Conservancy provides opportunities to get out in the woods on lands that are both open and lands that are closed to hunting.

Interactive maps of Conservancy-owned nature preserves can be found at or on a free nature preserve app, LTC Explorer (Google or Apple app stores). A printed preserve map was updated this past September and is also available upon request or at our office near Harbor Springs.

Dogs are allowed on Conservancy preserves but they must be kept on a leash. Please respect that there may be children or people who are afraid of dogs on the trails and obey this statewide law. Please note that dogs that are legally engaged in hunting on lands enrolled in the Commercial Forestry Act are not required to be on a leash. In addition, the majority of hunting occurs at dawn and dusk.

For more information about hunting on preserves (including a list of preserves where hunting is permitted), visit and click on “Nature Preserves.” A dropdown menu will walk you through a downloadable permission slip that is required when hunting on a Conservancy preserve.

Preserves across the Conservancy’s five-county service area that are NOT open to hunting are listed below.
Charlevoix County

Barney’s Lake (on Beaver Island)

The Hill

Jordan River

Little Sand Bay (on Beaver Island)

North Point (owned by City of Charlevoix


Raven Ridge

Rogers Family Homestead
St. Clair Lake/Six Mile Lake natural Area

Cheboygan County

Andreae (Banwell does allow)

Reed’s Pigeon River

Seven Springs

Vivian VanCampen
Chippewa County


Vermilion Point
Emmet County

Bubbling Springs


The Headlands (owned by Emmet County)

Ray Johnston

Naas, Mauger, Raunecker, & Leslie Complex

Oden Island


Round Lake
Skyline Trail
Thorne Swift
Waldron Fen
Mackinac County

Mackinac Bay

Little Traverse Conservancy is the regional non-profit working in northern lower and eastern upper Michigan. Call our office to find out more about land protection options that may be available for your land. Community field trips and environmental education programs are offered throughout the year. 231.347.0991  FREE nature preserve app on Google Play or the Apple App Store!

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