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Luneack Nature Preserve

This nature preserve was transferred to HeadWaters by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in October 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.

The Luneack Preserve is a Class C nature preserve, meaning that the sanctuary can only be visited with the assistance of HWLC. Visits can be arranged by calling the HWLC office at 989-731-0573.


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.

Luneack Preserve facts

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. This property also includes Little Ward Lake and the northern most portion of Big Lake.

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.


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.

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