Residents of East Bay Township have been fortunate to have an area close to home where they can enjoy the peace and beauty of natural surroundings. It’s a place where for decades people have walked their dogs and allowed their children to venture off and build forts and explore make-believe worlds. From bird watching in the spring or a summer bike ride, a fall color hike or winter sledding adventure, this land provides year-round opportunities for recreation and refuge.

With undisturbed natural acreage in East Bay Township quickly diminishing, residents have stepped up to save this property for current and future generations to enjoy. This peaceful piece of property, nestled just south of Holiday Hills can be accessed off of Five Mile road.

JULY 2022 UPDATE – We are excited to celebrate the long awaited closing of the Holiday Woods Recreation Area!  In late 2019, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund approved a $584,800 grant for the creation of this exciting 145-acre natural area in East Bay Township. This natural area includes the Holiday Woodlands Preserve and an additional 65 acres of natural land between the preserve and the Mt. Holiday Ski Area. This grant, the Holiday Woodlands neighborhood group, East Bay Township, and the generosity of many donors made it possible for the township to purchase both parcels and form the new natural area. Thank you to everyone who made this shining example of community conservation possible!

East Bay Township is hosting a ribbon-cutting and celebration!

Please join us Thursday, July 28th:
3:00 – 3:30 PM – Ribbon Cutting at Holiday Woodlands Recreation Area (5 Mile Entrance)
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Hors d’oeuvres at Mt. Holiday Lodge

Click here to find out more about how we accomplished this!