Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve is a 180 acre preserve managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. A 1.2 mile long trail, including 900 feet of boardwalk, travels through six habitats: old field, planted pine, young northern forest, northern wet meadow, northern shrub swamp, and ends in a small section of upland among water-filled marl pit ponds.
This variety of habitats provides varied birding opportunities. Visit on spring evenings to see woodcock flights in the old fields, listen for bitterns and rails in the wet meadow and shrub swamp, and look for a variety of ducks in the marl pit ponds. Sandhill Cranes are among the birds that nest here. The preserve includes nearly a mile of undeveloped frontage on Upper Herring Lake which can be accessed by boat from the DNR launch on Herron Road. Lakeside bird sightings include waterfowl, kingfishers, and herons.
Directions: The preserve is 4.3 miles south of Elberta (0.9 mile south of Herron Road) on M-22. The preserve sign and parking lot is on the east side of the road, next to an old schoolhouse. Travelling from the south, the preserve is 3.6 miles north of the Arcadia Dunes-Baldy Trailhead.