Why Is This Preserve Significant?
Located in the beautiful Michigan Keewanaw, Bete Grise boasts nearly one and a half miles of high-quality sand beach along Lake Superior, possibly the longest in the Keweenaw. This entire beach area was slated for a housing development in the early 2000s. But, after many public meetings and negotiation, the property was set aside for conservation, opening the beach to the public.
The 62-acre Bete Grise Wetlands Preserves consists of just over 4,000 feet of sandy shoreline along Lake Superior leading to dune and swale wetlands, and 1,000 feet of frontage on the Mendota Ship Canal.
What Can I See Here?
Look to the skies (and tree tops) as the common loon, merlin, and bald eagle nest at the site. Many species of special plants are found in the wetland areas of the site. Enjoy warm sunny beaches in the late summer months, and be on the look-out for vibrant beach glass!