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LOCATED ON THE EASTERN TIP OF CHIPPEWA COUNTY, IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN.
Cross Country Ski Trails
Lake Nature Preserve
James V. Foster Hartley
Little Traverse Conservancy has three nature preserves in the DeTour Area:
- DeTour Penninsula Nature Preserve
- James V. Foster Hartley Lake Nature Preserve
- Seymour Bay Nature Preserve
De Tour Peninsula
This 145 acre preserve includes the rich diversity that typifies northern Lake Huron: sand and gravel beach, limestone cobble shore, boreal forest, rich conifer swamp, emerging marsh and coastal fen. The land lies within a major migration corridor centered on the St. Mary's River, with more than three miles on Lake Huron. A 2-track road, Point Road, runs through the preserve to private land on the tip of the peninsula, and is open to foot traffic. Preserve is located on the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. From Detour Village, go south on M-134 for one mile, then south on Point Road 0.6 mile to parking area.
Approximately three miles of hiking trails in summer turn into groomed snowshoe and cross country ski trails in the winter months. Three looped trails are marked and await your exploration.
Built and maintained by a group of residents, these trails are found behind DeTour Public Schools at Raider Football Field, with access off South Caribou Lake Road.
Two annual festivals are held on our trails:
- A Winter Evening On Our Trails - 1st Saturday in March
- Spook Night & Haunted Trails - 3rd Saturday in October
This trail is located roughly 10 miles west of DeTour Village on the north side of M-134, just west of DeTour State Forest Campground. You can also enter the trail from South Caribou Lake Road, just west of Township Park on Caribou Lake. The trail network includes an 8 mile multi-use trail that travels through state forest lands and along scenic Cranberry Lake. A DNR map of the trail is available online or at DeTour Village Hall.
Cranberry Lake Trail
27 acres of scenic wetland preserve owned by Little Traverse Conservancy. No developed parking or trails at this time. Approximately one mile west of DeTour on M-134.
Eastern U.P. Trails
Walking in Paradise
Bradley Foster and Teresa Irish donated the 120-acre to Little Traverse Conservancy, named James V. Foster Nature Preserve. The preserve includes the nearly 25-acre Hartley Lake.
Located 2 miles out of town, down South Caribou Lake Road.