Petritz Preserve

This trail is good for Hiking

  • Length: 0.66 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Organization: Little Traverse Conservancy
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The trail leads through the woods to the beach where visitors can enjoy 500 feet of protected Lake Michigan shoreline. From here, Garden, Hog and Squaw Islands can be seen. The beach is also a good place to observe the state-threatened Pitcher's Thistle and Lake Huron Tansy. 

The preserve is located within walking distance from St. James Bay and town, at the northeast end of Beaver Island. Access the trail from Lookout Drive, .2 miles north of Lake Drive. 


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

Trail Photos


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