Hatlem Creek is the prime tributary flowing into Glen Lake and has long been a priority for protection. The creek frontage (a little over 1/2 mile) and surrounding wetlands are an essential part of the Glen Lake Watershed, providing an important source of fresh water to Glen Lake.
There are no formal walking trails, however, there is an easy flat walk that follows an old logging road that is accessible off of Plowman Road.
Hatlem Creek is located at 10175 S. Plowman Rd., Glen Arbor. From Leland, take M-22 South to Maple City Hwy. (Co. Rd. 667). Head west on Burdickville Road (Co. Rd. 616). Turn left at MacFarlane (Co. Rd. 675) Turn left onto S. Plowman Road and park along the road.
Hatlem Creek has long been a priority for protection because of its importance to the water quality of Glen Lake. We have been working with landowners in the area for many years. Late in 2017, we purchased 32 acres located nearby along Hatlem Creek from the Waldenmyer family. The purchase expands this lovely preserve and will forever protect more of this fragile creek.
The federally endangered Michigan Monkey Flower grows in the area, thriving in wet, mucky soils where cool waters flow. Canada anemone, Jack-in-the-pulpit, star flower, cardinal flower and 11 species of ferns are present on the property
Hatlem Creek is also a wildlife haven; red-shouldered hawk nest in the closed forest canopy and trout and salmon spawn in the stream. A rare bubbling marl spring, 100 square feet in size, is a must-see natural feature. The property consists of mesic northern forest, hardwood conifer swamp, northern hardwood swamp, and northern wet meadow communities.
A Hatlem Creek FQA and Summary is available here. The FQA, or Floristic Quality Assessment, tells the story of the types and quality of flora at Hatlem Creek Preserve.