Flower Creek Dunes Addition

Protecting and Expanding Flower Creek Dunes

Almost sixty years ago, the National Park Service conducted a survey and published a report that identified spots along the Lake Michigan coastline as areas important for conservation. Flower Creek Dunes was one of those areas and was listed alongside places like Sleeping Bear Dunes and Arcadia Dunes.

In 2012, the Land Conservancy took the first step in protecting these special dunes by creating the 14-acre Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve. Today, the John J. Helstrom Dune Ridge Trail guides visitors up the steep dune to an impressive overlook of Lake Michigan.

Recently, an incredible opportunity arose to expand the preserve, more than doubling its size, by acquiring the adjacent property along Flower Creek. The addition would add over 900 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and another 17 acres of dunes that support the federally threatened Pitcher’s thistle as well as the endangered Piping Plover along their migration route.

The Lake Michigan shoreline between Muskegon and Traverse City has been described as “the most beautiful scenic recreation shoreline on the Great Lakes.”

This project is made possible with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the J.A. Woollam Foundation, the estate of Elizabeth C. Getz, and a grant from the James Hanna and Mary H. Murphy Land Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Nearby Natural Areas

Barrier Dunes Sanctuary

With more than 1,000 feet of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline and environmentally fragile barrier dunes, the Barrier Dunes Sanctuary is a great place for walking the beach, picnics, and wildlife viewing.

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Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve

Located in northern Muskegon County, Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve protects unspoiled dune habitat along the lakeshore. A boardwalk leading to an overlook provides panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding dunes.

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Meinert County Park

There are no trails leading through this rugged dune property. Steep, forested ridges are interwoven with narrow valleys. Tucked in the dune hills are wetlands and a small pond.

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