Nearly 15 miles of Lake Michigan beach concentrated in the 7,000 acre Wilderness State Park. Habitats dominated by cobble beaches, sand dunes and swales, boggy wetlands, and northern hardwood/boreal transitional forest.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA has historically supported a large percentage of the Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover, averaging from 10 to 16 pairs annually. Recently, this number has declined to as few as 3 pairs in 2006.

Land Use

Primary land use is human recreation, camping, tourism/sightseeing. Wildlife conservation and forestry are secondary uses.

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