Destination Bellaire

Grass River Natural Area


A place locked in time

Nestled in the hills of Antrim County in Michigan's northwest corner of the lower peninsula, the Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) encompasses lakes, a meandering river, rushing streams and crystal clear creeks — a haven for plant and animal life, including both rare and endangered species. GRNA lies midway on the renowned Chain of Lakes waterway, a connector of Torch and Clam lakes, and Lake Bellaire. 

The Grass River Natural Area trails are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. The Grass River Center is currently open weekends, 11am-4pm.

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6500 Alden Hwy.  Bellaire, MI  49615



For thousands of years, the Grass River has meandered between Lake Bellaire and Clam Lake, linking the two on the now well-known Antrim County Chain of Lakes. A peaceful spot that is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, an equally diverse network of wildlife, living amid floating sedges and marshy bogs for as far as the eye can see.

In the 1960's, that serene setting was about to change when land developers began filling the wetlands in preparation for building sites. The plan came to the attention of a handful of concerned county residents who feared that destruction of the natural habitat and ecosystem would harm water quality, wildlife, flora and fauna. Their grassroots efforts and vision in 1969 and the early 70's resulted in a plan that created one of Michigan's premier nature preserves.

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