Hall's Lake Natural Area Update

Help Us Save a Special Place

We need your help now in our continuing effort to save an important part of Isabella County for future generations. Hidden away in the far western part of the county is 70-acre Hall’s Lake. The western half of the lake is bordered by summer cottages and full-time residences. But the eastern half consists of 3,200 feet of lake shore and an undeveloped 175-acre wooded buffer that harbors a variety of micro habitats from cattail edges to bogs, glacial moraine and treecovered hills.

With the help of more than 150 individuals, families and small business supporters, The Carls Foundation and the J. A. Woollam Foundation, in 2012 we added the 100-acre Kabana Preserve, adjoining the 22-acre Neely Preserve, to the permanently protected land we collectively call the Hall's Lake Natural Area. Now we are working to add the 40-acre Schaftenaar property. But we must act now. We need to raise $93,000 in 2013 to save this land. Our success in raising these funds will ensure that we can protect this property for recreation, water quality enhancement and wildlife habitat. Visitors will have access to nearly a mile of footpaths through an otherwise undisturbed tract harboring a mature hardwood forest, many varieties of wildflowers and a wide array of wildlife, and the scenic view from the lake will be preserved forever. Thanks to a $21,000.00 lead grant from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, we are well on the way toward our goal. But we need your help to make this happen. We also have another $15,000 matching challenge grant from the Woollam Foundation, so you contribution may still be doubled.

Please consider helping in these three areas

  1. Volunteer to serve on the Halls Lake acquisition fundraising committee. We need to identify and contact potential major donors for this effort.
  2. If you can't serve on the committee, but can offer suggestions about possible supporters or fundraising events/ activities pass your suggestions on to us.
  3. Use the website form to make a tax-deductible contribution of your own to the project and encourage your friends to do the same.

Let’s act now to preserve the rural and scenic character of the area and guarantee the presence of a beautiful and important recreation opportunity at Halls Lake.