The Mill Pond is easily overlooked as you drive along M-109 just north of the Dune Climb across the road from the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area. The Mill Pond is an active lake, bigger than it first appears. There is a beaver lodge on the lake that you can see from the road, but don’t try to walk in there. You can sink up to your hip in the marshy area surrounding it. This lake always seems to produce interesting and varied sightings.
Several rail species are often seen or heard here. There are often herons and egrets that live here most of the summer and a resident family of Green Herons entertained people for most of the summer of 2012. As the water levels drop in late summer, mud flats are exposed which attract migrating shorebirds and American Pipits. This lake can be enjoyed from the road.
Directions: From Glen Arbor, travel two miles west on M-109. Take a left at the intersection, following M-109, and the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area (parking area for Mill Pond) is approximately 0.7 miles on the left. Park here and scope Little Glen Lake and then walk across M-109 to the southwest to view the pond. The only viewing access is just off the highway due to the cattails and marshy conditions, but it is usually well worth the visit.