Peterson Road ultimately leads to Lake Michigan and it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the National Lakeshore. Peterson Road is a gravel road that you can take through the woods for 2.0 miles to a small parking area with a restroom.
Many woodland species may be found as you hike, bike or drive the gravel road toward Lake Michigan. In June in the evenings one may listen to Hermit Thrushes singing from the woods and if you’re near Lake Michigan, you can hear Common Nighthawks calling overhead. The strikingly beautiful Blackburnian Warbler nests here as well as Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers. The area near the lake is terrific for birding during migration and Platte Bay often harbors many ducks and loons. Olive-sided Flycatchers nest nearby.
Directions: Peterson Road begins where Deadstream Rd. leaves off at M-22. The road is located just north of the M-22 Platte River crossing.