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 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.

Taste the Local Difference

Watervale partners with ‘Taste the Local Difference’ to promote local and organic foods. We feature more than a dozen local vendors and farmers on our menu. Weebee Jammin Jams,  Putney Maple Syrup, Ebel’s Meats, Lost Lake Farms, Moomers 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.