Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy conserves natural land and open
space -- including forests, wetlands, meadows, agricultural lands, and places of
scenic beauty -- to provide habitat for wildlife and to enrich the lives of people.

 
 
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SMLC Properties in Oakland County


Goemaere-Anderson Wetland Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Location:
Lyon Township, Oakland County, Michigan
Acquired:
1994
Size:
10.77 acres
Access:
This preserve is open to the public every day between sunrise and sunset.
Directions:
Grand River Ave., New Hudson, MI 48165 (approximate location - park along roadside)
Description:

Goemaere-Anderson Wetland Preserve is 10.77 acres of cattail marsh located just west of Wixom. The property is immediately south of Lyon Oaks County Park and is a continuation of the wetland complex found at the park. There are no trails on this property.

 

Lost Lake Nature Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.
Conservation Easement:

Six Rivers Land Conservancy.
Location:
Holly Township, Oakland County /
Grand Blanc Township, Genesee County
Acquired:
August 2013
Size:
537.76
Access:

Park along Evans Rd on the preserve side at the Lost Lake Nature Preserve trail entrance sign. You'll see a trail map and rules sign a few steps in from entrance. Follow trail markers and please stay on trail. Click here for a map.

Directions:

Take Holly Road to Evans Road, turn east and travel about 1.5 mile. Look for the Lost Lake Nature Preserve sign at trail entrance. Park along Evans Road on the preserve side.

Please note: Lost Lake Private Drive is not an access route to the preserve. It is a privately owned residential road and is not open to the public.

Description:
Lost Lake Nature Preserve is a regional treasure that showcases the natural heritage of Genesee and Oakland counties. The preserve contains two pristine examples of kettle lakes, a magnificent wetlands complex, beautiful glacial moraines, mature forests and open meadows.
Slack Lake (shown here) is one of two lakes in the Lost Lake Nature Preserve.
Photo by Jill Lewis.

SMLC received a $1.1 million donation from an anonymous donor during the summer of 2013 that funded the purchase of the property. Six Rivers Land Conservancy worked with SMLC to place the conservation easement on the property at the time of acquisition. Genesee County, Grand Blanc Township, Holly Township, and Oakland County are all highly supportive of this property being protected and SMLC looks forward to working with our community partners to support public use of the preserve in the future.

Preserve Facts:

  • Flint River watershed, Swartz Creek subwatershed.
  • 2 lakes: Slack Lake (52 acres), Bloat Lake (7 acres).
  • Designated as a hub within Oakland County Green Infrastructure Vision.
  • Within Michigan Natural Features Inventory Potential Natural Area designation Priority 2.
  • Large wetland complex surrounded by rolling woodlands.
  • Identified land types include: Emergent Marsh, Scrubshrub (Southern Shrub-Carr) and Forested (Southern Hardwood Swamp) wetlands.
  • SMLC’s future plans include stewardship management.
  • The Preserve Loop Trail:

    In fall of 2015 the Preserve Loop Trail was opened to the public. The trail is approximately 2.1 miles in total length. It meanders through a dense forest which eventually opens up to an old airplane “prairie” runway. Near the northernmost arm of the runway is a scenic overlook of Slack Lake. Past the overlook the trail follows the lakeshore through an old growth forest before it connects up again with the runway.

     
     
     
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