Located just a few miles outside of Marquette, Echo Lake Preserve is a serene environment where pristine waters flow unimpeded from surrounding wetlands, creeks and Harlow Lake to Lake Superior. The 480-acre preserve features dramatic bluffs, creeks, wetlands and old-growth forests that provide a thermal cover during harsh winters for large animals like white tail deer and moose. Surrounding Harlow Lake at the center of the preserve is an abundance of vegetation that serve as feeding areas for fish and also buffer and assist with runoff and sediment.
As you walk along the trails of Echo Lake Preserve, you will encounter dramatic granite cliff-top views, calm waters teeming with life beneath the surface, and a variety of wildlife including moose, gray wolf, river otter, spotted and spotted-blue salamanders, and neotropical migratory birds. Vistas from the highest areas of exposed bedrock on the south side of Harlow Lake include Hogsback Mountain, Little Presque Isle, and Lake Superior.