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ACNA Master Plan

Plant Study



Natural Wonders... at Antrim Creek Natural Area

Photo by Phil Ohmer
Photograph by Phil Ohmer

The Antrim Creek Natural Area is located in Banks Township, Antrim County, Michigan. It is comprised of 156 acres of land containing nearly one mile of shoreline on Grand Traverse Bay. This is the largest stretch of contiguous, undeveloped shoreline remaining within the entire 132 miles of bay coastline between Norwood and Northport. It supports an incredible array of natural diversity including hardwood forest, forested wetland, conifer swamp, shrub thicket, meadow, wet meadow and coastal dune. It supports a wide range of flora and fauna including federal and state listed threatened plant species. This is a rare and unique coastal ecosystem without equal.
-Master Plan for the ACNA, 1998

A comprehensive ecological inventory was prepared in 1996 by White Pine Associates for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to provide baseline data for future land management decisions at ACNA. The inventory consisted of information on the following: geologic history, climate, soils, hydrology, natural communities, flora, fauna, and human history, in order to support the mission of the ACNA.

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Illustration by Glenn Wolff

View some of ACNA's natural wonders!

Selected photographs of Antrim Creek Natural Area representative of the following:

(email us your own successful photos taken at ACNA)

Plants (some flora that are endangered and protected)

Waters and Wetlands






Antrim Creek Natural Area
c/o Administration & Planning Office
Antrim County Building
P.O. Box 187
Bellaire, MI 49615