Grand Lake Reserve

Grand Lake Reserve

Mark Scarlett
Redwood, NY
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44.33078365628062, -75.74109327116447

Connect with nature

  • Bird Watching
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Walking & Hiking

The Grand Lake Reserve presents a spectacular landscape, rich with biological diversity, rugged geography, and beautiful scenery.

Located between Grass and Butterfield Lakes, and including more than 5 miles of shoreline, The Grand Lake Reserve offers a model of how conserved lands can provide public access for recreation and educational benefit while still preserving a unique and valuable natural resource.

Upcoming Improvements

Much of Grand Lake Reserve is part of a Forever Wild easement through the Northeast Wilderness Trust. This means that it will be protected in its natural state and preserved as a refuge for wildlife, for people, forever.

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The Grand Lake Reserve was created in 2003 through a generous gift of 826 acres from Henry Carse, a pioneering environmentalist and civic leader, and his family. In 2006 Mr. Carse added an additional 57 acres and in 2011 a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant brought the Reserve to its current size of 1116 acres.

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Explore IRLC Preserves

With five public preserves across three counties, adventure awaits you.

Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) carefully stewards the land and water to preserve the natural character of the region, with a focus on protecting clean water, fish and wildlife, and the scenic vistas along the shores of the lakes and the Indian River. Encounter the beauty of Indian River Lakes at a preserve near you!

Other Public Access Areas

While you’re in the Indian River Lakes Region, be sure to visit some of the other public access areas nearby!

These trails and open spaces are not owned or managed by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy, but each offers unique opportunities to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful region.

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