Pilgrim River

1,360 acres along the Pilgrim River in Houghton County, Michigan



Keweenaw Land Trust: Pilgrim Community Forest

Pilgrim River Watershed Project:



PILGRIM River Sustainable Forestry Conservation Project


Just minutes from Houghton Michigan and Michigan Technological University is a large tract of undeveloped forestland, with a variety of terrain and a high quality trout fishery known as the Pilgrim River.  Northwood Alliance Inc. is assisting the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CCCTU), and the Keweenaw Land Trust in helping to build a partnership to accomplish a significant conservation project that could comprise at least 1360 acres and include about three miles of the Pilgrim River.  New owners, who practice the management of Partners in Forestry Landowner COOP, have recently acquired this parcel and are a willing landowner in this process.  Portage Township will be presented the project concept for their consideration as a formal partner.


The approach being developed involves a productive forest conservation easement: a land protection agreement that would permanently establish this property as a sustainably managed forest with public access for a wide variety of recreation, education and research uses. In addition to traditional hunting and fishing, uses would be expanded to include other forms of recreation that are compatible with sustainable forest management, which could include developing trail systems for hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and other low-impact activities.


We are currently making the case for the value of this project to the community, as it represents a tremendous opportunity for conservation and public benefit - an opportunity that may never come again. Contact us or the Keweenaw Land Trust to find out how you can support this project.


Northwood Alliance Pilgrim River Photo gallery


Parcel Map


Topo Map


USGS data on the Pilgrim River


Daily Mining Gazette, November 26, 2010.