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, Innkeeper Dori Turner plants over 5000 bunches of beach grass to protect and reinforce our dunes.

The Groundwork Center

Watervale partners with the Groundwork Center to promote local and organic foods. We feature more than a dozen local vendors and farmers on our menu. Weebee Jammin Jams, Swanson Cherry Juice, Putney Maple Syrup, Ware Farms and Hilltop Soda Shoppe Ice Cream represent just a few of the local names that appear on our dining room.

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.

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