The Suttons Bay sewage ponds are an excellent round trip spring or fall and they are accessed from the paved 15.5 mile Leelanau Trail which is part of the TART Trail system. The ponds are fenced off to the public however they can be readily viewed along the Trail. The walk from Eckerle Rd. to the ponds is about 0.7 miles and traverses a mix of wetlands and edge forest as the Leelanau Trail traverses an old elevated railroad corridor. A wide variety of waterfowl can be seen on the four ponds and in lower water months, exposed mudflats can be great for shorebirds. The ponds on the west side of the Trail are readily viewed given the elevation of the Trail, the east side ponds require a short walk up a grade. Recent sightings include Hooded Mergansers and Blue and Green-winged Teals.
Directions: Approximately 0.5 miles south of Suttons Bay off M-22, take a right on Richter Rd. After 0.1 miles, take a right on Eckerle Rd. and travel 0.2 miles to the trail junction. Take the Trail south for 0.7 miles to reach the ponds. Park near the Road Commission parking lot off Eckerle Rd.