Gratiot Lake Conservancy
Conserving Gratiot Lake Through Preservation, Education, and Research
“Thank you for taking us to the cabin and for showing me how to connect to nature even more… from learning some tracking to canoeing and just sitting on the dock while enjoying the lake…”
“Seeing the stars, full moon, northern lights, and a rainbow was amazing, despite all the yucky bugs.”
– Student comments from the high school program Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake
Each summer, GLC organizes and hosts several environmental education programs for youth and adults including Michigan Tech University’s Summer Youth Program Exploration: Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake, field botany and natural history workshops, presentations on watershed stewardship and inland lake ecology.
Gratiot Lake Conservancy’s (GLC) mission is to conserve the natural environment of Gratiot Lake and its watershed and environs and to promote environmental stewardship through education and research related to the ecology and cultural history of the area.
GLC owns a 327-acre nature preserve with parcels on the southeast and western shoreline of Gratiot Lake. The Gratiot Lake Preserve includes forested trails, 12,275 feet of shoreline, and the Noblet Field Station log cabin.
Other responsibilities of GLC include:
- Conducting a volunteer water quality monitoring program in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program since 2000,
- Publishing and distributing a “Guide to Aquatic Plants of Gratiot Lake and Other Keweenaw County Lakes” by Janet Marr to promote awareness of the importance of native aquatic plants and the threat of aquatic invasive species, and
- Projects at GLC’s Bammert Farm 465-acre upland conservation area include wildlife habitat restoration, sustainable forest management, and archaeological investigation of the farm’s historical role in supplying the Phoenix and Central mine locations.
A loon on Gratiot Lake.
In August of 2015, GLC purchased property consisting of 2 ½ acres of wetlands, cedar swamp, and a 200 foot stretch of beautiful sand beach. Approximately 2,275 feet of shoreline is now conserved on the west end of Gratiot. This area is accessible by canoe, kayak, and small watercraft—a nice spot to take a break from paddling and to enjoy a stroll along the beach.