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FOrd Eagle nature Preserve

protecting legacy of bald eagles

The 65-acre preserve has been a legacy story for bald eagles. The preserves is located on the north shore of Squaw Lake  in Republic Township and provides a necessary pocket of wilderness, notable for it's large white pines providing ideal nesting habitat. This property's conservation story began when a local resident notified The Nature Conservancy and Ford Motor Company's Mining Properties Department, original property owner, about the presence of Bald Eagles, which then resulted in the land being set aside as an eagle preserve in 1995. In 2002, the preserve was then transferred to the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy where it will continue to be protected forever.

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Ford Eagle Nature Preserve can be accessed with conventional vehicles. From M-95, turn west onto County Rd FFZ and continue straight for 2.4 miles, then turn south (eft) onto County Rd 601. Follow 601 for 1.0 miles, then turn west (right) onto Chief Lake Rd (also known as Road LD) and follow for approximately 2.2 miles. Turn southwest (left) onto Elm Rd. Continue for 1.0 miles to preserve boundary. ​

Ford Eagle is open for passive recreation during daylight hours. No motors or bikes, please! Do not dump or remove any natural or manmade features. There are no established trails on the preserve.