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Gratiot Lake Conservancy

The Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) is located in Keweenaw County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An important mission of GLC is to conserve and protect Gratiot Lake and the land within the Gratiot Lake watershed. Including a donation of land in 2013, the nature preserve at the Lake now includes 325 acres with over 12,000 feet of shoreline.

The Noblet Field Station at the preserve is a staging area for many of the Conservancy's activities.

GLC also acquired Bammert Farm, a 466 acre parcel located about 2 miles from Gratiot Lake. Projects at Bammert Farm include wildlife habitat restoration, archaeological research focusing on its history as a farm supplying Phoenix and Central mines, sustainable forestry, a botanical survey, and educational activities.

Through educational programs and materials, the Conservancy encourages good stewardship of the watershed and an understanding of the history and ecology of the area.

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Aerial Photo of Gratiot Lake

by Neil Harri of Aerial Photos

Recent Additions to GLC Preserve at Gratiot Lake

In August of 2015, GLC purchased property consisting of 2 ½ acres of wetlands, cedar swamp, and a 200 foot stretch of beautiful sand beach from the Lantto family in a bargain sale. This addition to the Gratiot Lake nature sanctuary was made possible with money from the GLC’s Land Acquisition Fund. The parcel is adjacent to the recently added GLC land on the west end of Gratiot Lake. Approximately 2,275 feet of shoreline is now conserved on the west end of Gratiot. This area is accessible by canoe, kayak, and small watercraft—a nice spot to take a break from paddling and to enjoy a stroll along the beach.


In 2014, we announced the donation to GLC of 18.75 acres with approximately 2075 feet of shoreline on the west end of Gratiot Lake. The land was donated by Lizzadro Farms in December of 2013. This conservation area includes some upland forest but consists mainly of cedar swamp and other wetlands. It can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or other small watercraft for low impact activities such as hiking and birding. Wildlife observed in recent years on this lakeshore include river otter, beaver, bobcat, black bear, deer, bald eagles, loons, kingfishers, ducks, and great blue heron. A botanical survey of this nature sanctuary began in May of 2014.

A view of a portion of the shoreline previously donated to GLC in 2014.

The Gratiot Lake Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Your support of GLC is welcome.
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GLC Address

Gratiot Lake Conservancy

P.O. Box 310

Mohawk, MI 49950

Gratiot Lake Conservancy

Sunrise on Gratiot Lake

Lightning over Gratiot Lake

Water's Edge

You will find all the GLC news that's fit to print in the Conservancy's newsletter, Water's Edge. The newsletter is published twice a year and sent to Gratiot Lake residents. It includes articles about GLC programs, articles on the ecology and history of the Lake and its watershed, and information for landowners about good stewardship practices. One reason most of us enjoy being at the Lake is the wonderful opportunity it affords to observe wildlife. Water's Edge would like to report on sightings of special animals or intriguing animal behavior around the lake. We are also interested in gathering information and stories related to the lake and the history of the area to include in Water's Edge. Please don't be shy if you have something to share!

If you are not on the Water's Edge mailing list and would like to receive a copy or if you have information, animal sightings, or "Gratiot Lake Stories," or history to share, contact the GLC Program Director at director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org.


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Golden Pasty Awarded
January 2006

Contact GLC Program Director: director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org
(Please put "Gratiot Lake" in subject line.)