Recognition: Nominated for Legal Dedication Hog Island
Size: 2,075 acres
Location: Off the shore of Emmet County
Management: Beaver Islands State Wildlife Research Area
Activities: Hog Island is very difficult to access, even by boat.
(There is no regularly scheduled public transportation to the island.)
Importance: One of the least disturbed islands in the Beaver Island archipelago, Hog Island is a natural, scenic, recreational and scientific gem. The island is largely forested (including pockets of old-growth northern hardwood), but includes extensive great lakes marshes that are important spawning grounds for perch and smallmouth bass, interdunal wetlands and uncut coniferous swamps and bogs. The island provides habitat for the state-threatened common tern, as well as, three plant species, also state-threatened, that are found only on the shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Huron tansy, Pitcher's thistle and Houghton's goldenrod.
Hog Island beach
Photo by Denny Albert