This land will be open for foot access and activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, carry-in boating, and catch and release fishing. View All
Located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula View All
The biologically rich and varied habitats of the 480-acre Echo Lake Nature Preserve include intact, diverse and old forests, dramatic granite bald mountains or bedrock outcroppings, wetlands, creeks, three high rock ponds and Echo Lake. A landscape of dramatic contours of exposed bedrock with high bluffs frames the western shore of the approximately 20-acre headwater lake. The woods surrounding Echo Lake is a mixed deciduous and conifer forest that includes some large trees on rock out¬croppings. Harlow Creek flows from its headwaters at Echo Lake, takes in water from Harlow Lake and empties into Lake Superior. Vistas from the highest areas of exposed bedrock on the south side include Hogsback Mountain, Little Presque Isle, and Lake Superior.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Michigan Nature Association concurrently holds a Conservation Easement over the property which was donated to the Association by the J.A. Woollam Foundation prior to the land gift to the Conservancy. Conservation Easements can play an important role in providing an extra level of conservation protection to existing Nature Preserves.
The Conservancy has worked closely with its conservation partners in the area, including Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to protect both key parcels and large working landscapes. The preserve is adjacent to the Northern Great Lakes Forest working conservation easement (#5) and MDNR land. The goal is to create a compatible use core around existing high quality protected areas such as the Little Garlic Wilderness owned and managed by the MDNR.
Echo Lake Nature Preserve has a full time outreach intern every summer so we can offer several unique hikes and outings on the preserve. Please see our Events and Field Trips page to find out more.
Echo Lake offers activities year round, from snow-shoeing in the winter to hiking and canoeing in the summer. Early May and late July through October are the best times to visit this preserve to take advantage of Upper Michigan’s beauty while avoiding biting insects. Come prepared with head netting and insect repellant to guard against mosquitoes, black flies, and other insects during the midsummer months. Hiking boots are recommended for walking the rocks and shoreline of this preserve.
Hunting of white-tailed deer (or any other species) is currently not allowed at Echo Lake Nature Preserve as deer do not appear to be posing a threat to our conservation targets.
Please see "Preserve Visitation Guidelines."
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