Places We Protect

John Arthur Woollam Preserve


The John Arthur Woollam Preserve is a popular spot for migratory birds to rest and refuel.
Shoreline at Woollam Preserve The John Arthur Woollam Preserve is a popular spot for migratory birds to rest and refuel. © TNC

The 4,300 feet of sand and cobble beach on Lake Huron are a highlight of this preserve.



Why TNC Selected This Site

The 185-acre John Arthur Woollam Preserve consists of 4,300 feet of stunning rocky shoreline with huge boulders and coastal wetlands, and a coniferous forest grading into northern hardwoods. The preserve offers significant shoreline for migratory and breeding birds and habitat for plant species such as Houghton's goldenrod.

Warm waters near the shore yield masses of flying insects, providing a tasty feast for migrating birds stopping through the preserve. Shoreline conservation is one of the main goals of this preserve.

What Can I See Here?

Visitors might also see a variety of animals including the loon, pileated woodpecker, osprey, deer, and several species of neotropical migratory songbirds, such as the American redstart and magnolia warbler.

In 2013 the property (already under a conservation easement since 2002) was donated to TNC by a fellow conservationist who was honored to see the land dedicated as the John Arthur Woollam Preserve in recognition of the thousands of acres and many miles of shoreline and inland lakes protected by John Woollam. The preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, on behalf of the many land conservancies and individuals who join us in honoring Dr. Woollam’s accomplishments.




This land is open for foot access and activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and bird watching.


185 acres

Explore our work in this region

The month of May presents one of the best times of the year to visit this preserve as migratory songbirds are either resting, en route to other destinations, or settling on breeding territories for the summer. Bring insect repellent, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. The 1.14 miles of trail are available year-round for hiking or snowshoeing.

Permitted Activities:

  • Hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing
  • Bird watching, nature study, and photography
  • Research projects and educational studies with approved permit

Prohibited Activities:

  • No motorized and non-motorized vehicles
  • No building of new trails
  • No pets
  • No hunting or trapping
  • No removal of plants or animals (alive or dead)
  • No removal of rocks, water, or other non-organic materials
  • No camping, bonfires, fireworks, or other fires
  • No firewood collecting
  • No littering
John Arthur Woollam Preserve The new John Arthur Woollam Preserve protects 4,300 feet of northern Lake Huron shoreline and provides habitat for Michigan species such as Houghton’s goldenrod, Pitcher’s thistle and pileated woodpecker.