This October, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources agreed to purchase the Storey Lake property in Otsego and Charlevoix counties in the North East Lower Peninsula. This win for Michigan sportsmen and women comes after two decades of negotiation and advocacy by sportsmen’s groups. The 2,000-acre property is within Michigan’s primary elk range and contains the formerly private Storey Lake as well as more than a mile of Stewart Creek. This acquisition — in addition to bolstering public land hunting and fishing opportunity in the area — will help protect a vital wildlife travel corridor and preserve healthy fish and game habitat.
In 2017, the Michigan Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers submitted a letter supporting the purchase of this property to the Forest Resource Division (see below). Two years later, this property has come into the public trust expanding public access for Michigan’s citizens and visitors alike. The chapter is proud to have taken part in expanding public access in the state.