Commanding one of the most spectacular views in northern Michigan, the Ransom Preserve is well worth a visit. The property, along with the manager’s residence (now removed), was donated in 1976 by Woodbury and Christiana Ransom in memory of their son. From its highest elevation of 320 feet above Lake Michigan, viewers can see much of western Charlevoix County, a broad expanse of Lake Michigan, four islands, and the distant Leelanau Peninsula on a clear day. “High elevation in northern Michigan. Quiet area, with plenty of space to set up for sky watching. Not too much light pollution.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!