Chocolay Bayou Preserve Project

Imagine a serene bayou,

a wetland that acts as a stopover for migrating birds, directly between two bustling, expanding communities.

Chocolay Bayou colors birds-1

Now imagine that this estuarian paradise, which houses mink, muskrat, black bear, deer, rare herons, eagles, and hosts a startlingly diverse range of plant life, is also accessible by two of the most popular trails in the Upper Peninsula…




Next, imagine that this bayou is is accessible by water via Lake Superior as well as the popular Chocolay River…







Let’s also say that this 15-acre area carries deep historical significance to the area, having once had a sawmill and furnace on the water as well as signifying an old treaty line between the locals and the loggers and miners who came to the area recently.






Welcome to the Chocolay Bayou Preserve Project-A Dream come true!


The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy and more than 150 local organizations, businesses, and foundations worked together to raise $165,000 in less than four months to purchase the property! We are no working in partnership with over twenty organizations to maintain this property.

We’ve successfully purchased the property and have begun developing trails and interpretive features; now we need to raise and endow approximately $25,000 to ensure that we will be able to take care of this property forever. 

Click here to download a trail map and brochure about the project

If you are interested in learning more, helping out in any way, or in donating to this project, please contact us at (906) 225-8069 or email

It’s going to take the effort of the whole community to take care of this dream-come-true.

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Your donation is fully tax-deductible and we will send you a receipt to use for tax purposes.