Pinconning Nature Preserve
Location: Bay County
Year Acquired: 2004
Size: ~39 acres
The Preserve was acquired from Pinconning Township with funding provided through two sources: The Michigan Coastal Management Program administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) with funds from a GM settlement and NAWCA (North American Waterfowl Conservation Act)/Ducks Unlimited.
Formerly used as a farmstead with portions under agricultural production, the preserve is a variety of wetland types including lowland deciduous forest, scrub/shrub, and emergent marsh. In addition to the wetlands, the preserve is notable for 2,165 feet of frontage on the Pinconning River.
The property provides significant natural habitat including a variety of wetland ecotypes providing important benefits for wildlife and water quality. The habitat allows for biodiverse vegetation, birds, fish and terrestrial animals. In addition, the corridor wetlands and upland wildlife habitats serve as a connection for wildlife movement and create a natural “greenway” within ¼ mile of Lake Huron.
The property is home to many species of wildlife common to Michigan including, but not limited to songbirds, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, amphibians and reptiles. A 1.1 mile trail system leads through the preserve to the river and back.
The Pinconning Preserve is also designated by MDEQ as an Environmental Area.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, wildlife observation, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing and fishing.
How to get to Pinconning Nature Preserve:
The Preserve can be accessed by turning east off M13 onto East Pinconning Road. The parking lot is on the south side of East Pinconning Road near Maloney Road.