Sand Point Nature Preserve
Location: Huron County
Size: 220 acres
The Sand Point Nature Preserve is one of the most critical protected coastal lands in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, and probably one of the most important in the Great Lakes. We may be biased, but that actually doesn't come from us...it came from federal conservation professionals who recognized that the funding made available for the purchase of Sand Point Nature Preserve through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act was money well spent. The Saginaw Bay Herpetological Survey found Sand Point Nature Preserve to be the most biologically diverse site along the Saginaw Bay shoreline. The Preserve is home to many dozens of bird species, including Sandhill Cranes, Great Egrets, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, songbirds of all varieties (Flycatchers, Swallows, Sparrows, Warblers, etc...), and Bald Eagles.
This Preserve, our largest, currently covers approximately 220 acres, and includes 5 miles of well established trails with an all-new wayfinding signage program and a newly built boardwalk. Enjoy a walk to Mud Lake, or one or two protected wetlands, including Kingbird Pond near the southern entrance. The unique blend of sandy soils, wetlands, open meadows, a deep Hemlock grove, and the Lake Huron coast make Sand Point the region’s crown jewel.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, wildlife observation, biking, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing and fishing.
How to get to Sand Point Nature Preserve:
The Preserve's southern end can be accessed by turning west off M-25 onto Dunn Road. Visitors can park at the gate on the left 1/4 mile down the road. The main parking lot is off M-25, just north of Dunn Road. Watch for the brown sign along the west side of M-25.