In May, the Leelanau Conservancy purchased the final two acres needed to protect 26 pristine acres—including more than 1,000 feet of shoreline—along Lime Lake, helping to ensure the long-term water quality of the lake and the Good Harbor Bay Watershed.

Together with the 40-acre Teichner Preserve, located across the lake to the northeast, Lime Lake Preserve safeguards water quality, as the wetlands act like a sponge—stemming erosion, trapping pollution and slowly releasing cleansed water back into the lake.

Featuring views of Sugar Loaf from its crescent-shaped shore, the preserve, located 2 miles north of Maple City, also serves as a wildlife haven—it’s home to songbirds, red-shouldered hawks, eagles, brook trout, snakes, toads, ducks and otter.

Conservancy officials said the first 5.9-acre parcel of the preserve was purchased the previous May, thanks to supporters. Executive Director Tom Nelson says having “spectacular bookends on Lime Lake with first the Teichner Preserve, and now the Lime Lake Preserve, is a crowning achievement.”

“And, in this pandemic, we have seen just how important our natural areas have been to those seeking safe places to connect with nature,” Nelson adds.

“We are grateful to the Lime Lake Association for their support—they really understand the importance of protecting these wetlands,” says Conservancy Development Director Meg Delor. “We’ve had an outpouring of support from people around the lake and from the Leelanau community to help preserve this unique ecosystem.” Delor adds that longtime conservancy supporter Ron Lovasz made a significant gift that brought the fundraising results over the goal.

Photo by Mark Smith

Photo by Mark Smith

Photo(s) by Mark Smith