Kenneth R. Luneack

Nature Preserve

Oscoda County


The Conservation Easement was donated to the Michigan Nature Association (MNA) on February 10, 2011 by Ken Luneack. The J.A. Woollam Foundation (JAW) bought the property from Ken Luneack on February 24, 2011. JAW donated the property to TNC on March 1, 2012. The property was transferred to HeadWaters Land Conservancy (HWLC) from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on October 20, 2017.


It is almost 580 acres in size and encompasses Little Ward Lake. It is made up of many different ecosystem types and is home to an abundance of wildlife such as bear, deer, coyote, bobcat as well as a variety of birds.

This parcel is dominated by one land type in particular that is defined as steep, broken, moraine ridges; few kettle lakes; well drained sandy loam. This property contains quite a few different community types  including wetlands , Oak stands, and Pine. 


574 Acres


Black bear, White-tailed deer, Beaver, Porcupine, Chipmunk, Red Squirrel, Raccoon.


Ruffed Grouse, Chickadee, Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker

Reptiles & Amphibians

Green Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Spring Peeper, Eastern American Toad, Red- Backed Salamander, Painted Turtle, Eastern Garter Snake.

Planning a Visit

Luneack has a trail system that winds down to Little Ward Lake and cuts across the preserve in multiple directions.

Please Enjoy

Hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching and other low impact recreational or educational activities and remember to keep an eye out for events! Visit and our Facebook page.

Please note prohibited activities

Camping, fires, dumping, littering, removing  vegetation, motorized vehicles, snowmobiling, horseback riding, biking, and pets.

Hunting at Luneack is only permitted to those with an apporved permit from Headwaters. See Luneack Hunting Program Information


From Mio, MI:

  • Take State Route 33 (SR33) north for 4.66 miles to S-curve.
  • SR33 continues east. Take SR33 east 4.10 miles to the town of Fairview.
  • Travel north on SR33 out of Fairview 6.3 miles to Island Lake Road.
  • Turn east on Island Lake Road and travel 2.06 miles to Tote Road.
  • Turn south on Tote Road and travel 1.03 miles to Perch Lake Road.
  • Travel east on Perch Lake Road 1.93 miles to property entrance.
  • You will encounter a gate, park off the shoulder and walk down Perch Lake Rd for .75 miles, preserve is on the right.
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