75 Haymarsh Lake
State Game Area
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The osprey or fish hawk eats nothing but fish, which
by plunging feet-first into shallow water.
Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR
A mixture of streams, ponds, small lakes,
and wildlife floodings dot this forested area of cut-over
aspen, maple, and oak. This area is primitive with
few amenities. Many of the access roads are unimproved
and there is only one primitive restroom.
A small campground offering 19 sites with
pit toilets and hand pumps is run by Mecosta County
and is located on 140th Avenue. There are numerous
trails that dissect this area, but they are not marked.
Feel free to hike any trails you find, but dont forget
to bring a compass. There are 56 acres in six plots
have been seeded for several years with warm season
grasses. Two plots are identified with signs.
Excellent probability of viewing songbirds
throughout the year. Haymarsh probably offers the
best opportunities for viewing nesting songbirds in
Mecosta County. Look for nests of golden-winged and
mourning warblers in May and June. Areas of overmature
aspen forest provide good habitat for red-bellied
woodpeckers and the large, crow-sized, pileated woodpeckers.
Bald eagles and loons are seen here occasionally,
and ospreys (also known as fish hawks) usually nest
here in spring. September and October bring large
flights of migrating Canada geese and wood ducks to
the shallow water floodings of the area.
This area is open to public hunting.
Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
for hunting seasons and regulations.
CAUTION: Unimproved roads may have
large pot-holes or washout areas.