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Jeff Lamont Preserve

Jeff Lamont Preserve at a Glance

Features: bench, birding, easy, flat terrain, guided tours, hiking, wildflowers

Acreage: 40

Year Preserved: 2008

Trail Mileage: 1/5 mile

Trail Difficulty: easy

Trail Map
Guided Hikes

Friends and family of Jeff Lamont came together to preserve this land in his memory. Jeff, whose family owns a cottage nearby, died of cancer just after his 21st birthday. He adored Leelanau, and so coming together to create the preserve helped those who loved Jeff to remember and to heal. This forested wetland at the tip of the peninsula features a magical trail through maple, hemlock and beech, dotted with pink lady slippers and other wildflowers come spring. A dense wetland thicket with ferns and 6-foot-tall cattails provides important wildlife habitat. Canopy birds such as the scarlet tanager sing from the treetops. The preserve is part of a crucial wildlife corridor.


Follow the short (1/5 mile) trail through a shady tunnel of trees, lined with moss and wildflowers, and discover this magical preserve that honors Jeff’s memory, and his community’s deep love for Leelanau County and the natural world.


A  Jeff Lamont FQA and Summary is available here. The FQA, or Floristic Quality Assessment, tells the story of the types and quality of flora at Jeff Lamont Natural Area.

Getting there: Take M-201 North out of Northport. Bear RIGHT as M-201 becomes County Rd 640 and turns East. Take County Rd 640 for approx. 0.3 mi.PLEASE USE CAUTION to go LEFT onto N. Kilcherman Rd (As a landmark, there is an antique farm windmill on N. Kilcherman Rd., about 100 yards North of the intersection). Take N. Kilcherman Rd approx. 0.9 mi, then the road will bend SHARPLY to the LEFT and become Christmas Cove Rd.Take Christmas Cove Rd approx. 0.6 mi., staying straight/right as you pass Scott Rd on your left. The Jeff Lamont Preserve is approx. 0.15 mi downhill past Scott Rd on your right.

What to Look For

• Tunnel of maple, hemlock & beech trees

• Ferns covering the forest floor

• Spring wildflowers: Pink Lady’s Slipper

• Peaceful bench for reflection

• Canopy Birds: Scarlet Tanager & Black-throated

• Blue Warbler

Plants at Jeff Lamont Preserve

Click below to see a list of High Quality Plant Species at Jeff Lamont Preserve along with a summary and description of the Floristic Quality Assessment outlining all plant species found on the property: Lamont FQA Results and Summary

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Safety & Hunting

Poison Ivy is commonly found on impacted areas. Keep an eye out for this three leafed groundcover for it can give you an itchy rash. If your skin comes in contact with ivy, wash that area with soap a.s.a.p. Stay on the trails to reduce risk of contact.

Hunting is not allowed on this property during any season. Please note that this property is closed during hunting season because of hunting on nearby private property. Please contact the Conservancy for information about other properties open to hunting.