Braastad Nature Sanctuary

Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Braastad Nature Sanctuary is owned by the non-profit Michigan Nature Association. Land for the sanctuary was donated in 1981 by descendants of Frederick Braastad, a Norwegian who emigrated to the United States in 1865 and became a successful businessperson and politician.

The sanctuary covers 238 acres about nine miles northwest of Ishpeming, Michigan. The sanctuary provides habitat for various plant and animal species, including black bear. While several access roads criss-cross the sanctuary, the land is undeveloped: There is no interpretive center, well-paved hiking trail system, or gift shop!


Dr. Frederick W. Braastad, grandson of Frederick Braastad, at the October 18, 1981 dedication of the Braastad Nature Sanctuary.


Click here to view a map of the sanctuary, or click here to view directions to the Braastad Nature Sanctuary, including an early 20th century picture of the sanctuary when it was still a farm.


A section of "Barnhardt Creek" flowing through the Braastad Nature Sanctuary.

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