This nature area, located south of Dollar Bay near Grosse Point, is home to wooded wetlands and mixed hardwood forest habitats and a long sliver of stamp sands to a boat ramp on Portage Lake, all available for public enjoyment. This new boat ramp offers a point of rest for paddlers on the Portage Lake water trail where few other public landings exist. Thanks to the generosity of sisters Jill Newhouse and Joann Carlson who donated this land, the nature area is now open to the public for non-motorized recreational use, including hiking, snowshoeing, cabin use and paddling. Their mother named the property Din Egen (thine own) Woods... a little forested gem close to town! Jill's husband Tom built the little cabin on the property that won a Michigan Governor's Award for Design and Excellence.
Planning your visit
A 2 car parking pad and trailhead can be found on the side of Lower Point Mills Road at Fire Stop 46733. All roads in this area are plowed year-round but the parking pad is not.
A quarter mile trail through woods and ferns leads to the cabin and continues through the woods to the stamp sands and boat launch. Posts in the ground mark KLT's strip of land to the boat landing. We hope to locate a picnic table at the landing someday!
Why this place is special
The dark hemlock forest grades into mixed upland forest with wild flowers in the spring and a multitude of fungi in the fall. The quaint little cabin is available for reservations in the summer months by contacting the KLT office.
Make a reservation
Contact our office to find out about making reservations. There is no electricity or running water. There is a futon couch and space in the loft for 2 more people to sleep a total of 4 people that get along pretty well. There is a table with chairs inside and a fire pit outside.