Good Harbor Bay includes a variety of habitats including lakeshore, dunes, pine plains, Shalda Creek and woods. The 2.8 mile Good Harbor Bay Trail loop is mostly wooded and crosses several wooded wetland areas. If you walk this trail, it is recommended to take a trail map which is available at the trailhead. If you continue a short distance past the trailhead to the end of Lake Michigan Road, there is a small picnic area near the shoreline with good views of the bay.
The huge White Pines and the adjacent smaller pines, cedars, and scrub in the dune transition forest at Good Harbor Bay are traditional nesting grounds for Prairie Warbler. Please stay on marked trails in these areas, as this state-endangered warbler nests on the ground. Pine Warblers are also very present. From April through June and again in August and September look along the shoreline of Good Harbor Bay for migrating shorebirds, and scan the lake for migrating waterfowl. In summer you might see and hear fledgling merlins begging to be fed.
Directions: Beginning from the intersection of M-22 and County Road 669, travel north on CR 669 about 1 mile to Lake Michigan Road. Turn right (east) and travel about 0.7 mile to the Good Harbor Bay Hiking Trail.