Peshekee Headwaters nature preserve

UPLC to Assist DNR with Expansion of craig lake State park with gift of preserve

UPLC partners with the DNR to enhance recreational options and wilderness protection for Craig Lake State Park with the Peshekee Headwaters Nature Preserve. The Michigan Department of Natural Resource has accepted the gift of Peshekee Headwaters Nature Preserve for the expansion of Craig Lake State Park. The recreational access, water and wilderness protections will remain that same while ensuring goals for both organizations are met. Click the button below to view the full statement from UPLC. Craig Lake State Park, encompassing just under 8,500 acres, is known as the most remote state park in Michigan. More on Craig Lake State Park here. 

1,297 acres 

pristine, archetypal Michigamme Highlands wilderness



The land has long been a place of refuge for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. This sanctuary from the troubles of the modern world is a testament to the lasting strength and resiliency of nature, despite man’s best attempts to control and shape it. The Indian Lake watershed project was started in 2014 with a donation of 635 acres from the Murphy Family and has since been gifted to the DNR ensuring the permanent protection of this amazing headwaters lake. This marvelously beautiful place is home to a healthy moose population, black bear, eagles, nesting loons and wolves; and during 2017’s Botanical Survey, we recorded the first occurrence of the carnivorous plant English Sundew (Drosera Anglica) in Marquette County on the lake!



Indian Lake is the source of an amazing amount of freshwater that thousands of people depend on for recreation, clean water to drink, healthy fish to eat, and that supports the healthy forest ecosystems which are imperative to our economic and social health. This wild area will continue to perform the task that Mother Nature gave them: The land and wetlands act as a filter to purify the groundwater as it gains momentum and flows on its way to our homes and backyards.

Rainwater, snow melt and ground water drains from the surrounding highlands and pools up in the boggy wetlands to the southwest of Indian Lake where it is naturally filtered before spilling out of the lake into the Peshekee River. The Peshekee flows into Lake Michigamme, into the Michigamme River, becomes part of the Menominee River and then finally empties into Lake Michigan.

Can you imagine being a drop of water flowing all the way from the Preserve into someone’s glass of tap water in Southern Michigan?