Huron Mountain Club

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The Huron Mountain Club is a private club whose land holdings in Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, constitute one of the largest tracts of primeval forest in the Great Lakes region. Formed circa 1890, the club consists of 50 dwellings clustered inside about 13,000 acres (20 sq mi; 5,300 ha) of private land, encompassing the Huron Mountains area. The club was founded to establish a remote hunting and fishing club for outdoor enthusiasts. The original charter limited membership to 50 partners.[1] The property encompasses several lakes and approximately 10,000 acres (16 sq mi; 4,000 ha) of old-growth forest.

Through its long association with the non-profit Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, the Huron Mountain Club has been the site of a wide range of research in field biology and geology. Naturalist Aldo Leopold produced a plan for preserving the tract in 1938.[2] The research facility at Ives Lake was started in the 1960s, after it passed from a member family's hands into Club ownership.


  1. ^ Pace, Emily (May 9, 2008). "Behind the Gates". Upper Michigan's Source. Negaunee, MI: WLUC-TV. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. The club has a limit of 100 associates and 50 permanent member families who own cabins on the nearly 26,000 acres of land 
  2. ^ Flaspohler, David J.; Meine, Curt (January–February 2006). "Planning for Wildness: Aldo Leopold's Report on Huron Mountain Club" (PDF). Journal of Forestry. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters. 104 (1): 32–42. ISSN 0022-1201. Leopold integrated ideas from several disciplines, producing a plan that emphasized the establishment of core and buffer zones in protected areas, reduction of overabundant native species, relaxation of predator control policies, and integration of research in the management of protected areas. 


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