Protecting Our Heritage
Watervale has long had a commitment to our history and our environment. We are on both the State and National Historic Register with a dedication to renovating our property while preserving our past. We still hang out sheets out to dry, our kitchen scraps are sold to a local pig farmer and we partner with our local recycling center.
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Our biggest commitment to the preserving the local environment came about in 1995 when the Kraft/Noble family placed over a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline into a Conservation Easement protecting this land forever. Numerous Watervale guests continued this legacy by contributing to the Coastal Campaign that created the Baldy and Green Point Preserves and protected over six miles of shoreline.
Taste the Local Difference
Watervale is a strong supporter of our local farmers. We feature more than a dozen local vendors and farmers on our menu. Zenner Tomatoes, Z & N for produce and Lost Lake Farms lettuce. Kari Fields for our farm fresh eggs and grass fed beef and Arden Bradford for local honey. Roaster Jack coffee, Weebee Jammin Jams, Putney Maple Syrup, Ebel’s Meats, Moomers and Hilltop Soda Shoppe Ice Cream represent just a few of the local names that appear on our dining room menu.
The Benzie Conservation District
With the Benzie Conservation District, We’ve created a buffer garden on Lower Herring Lake which protects our water from contaminants. Each year, over 5000 bunches of beach grass are planted to protect and reinforce our dunes.
The Lower Herring Lake Association
The Lower Herring Lake Association is on the forefront of combating invasive species, swimmer’s itch and rising lake levels on our lake. The LHLA has protected our waters from Eurasian Water Milfoil, Starry Stonewart and Phragmites through select treatments. The State of Michigan and the Federal Government has granted the LHLA permits to dig the outlet stream when rising waters threaten our lakeshore. For more information please visit the Lower Herring Lake Association Facebook page.