Drummond Island/Maxton Plains Natural Area

Drummond Island, MI 49726
Phone: (906) 225-0399

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Witness 10 of Michigan’s rarest plants and an unusual mix of arctic and prairie species. Maxton Plains is a perfect location for photography, bird watching and a springtime stroll with Mother Nature and her creations.

A rare and natural condition called “alvar” occurs when wind, water and ice scrape away the soil revealing remarkable 400 million year old limestone. This occurrence is unique to Canada, Sweden and few areas in the United States including our very own, Drummond Island.

During the spring and summer months, dramatic blooming plants such as the prairie smoke and prairie dropseed flood the Maxton Plains while simultaneously flooding your heart.