Lost Nation State Game Area Area
Exact Location:
Hillsdale County- comprised of several unconnected properties in Jefferson and Pittsford Townships. Managed by the Michigan DNR, purchased and supported by hunter monies.
Lost Nation State Game Area map with North Country Trail
Lost Nation State Game Area boundaries (created from a DNR map with trail overlay)

Michigan State Game Areas are managed primarily for wildlife habitat, wildlife watching, and hunting, with recreation playing a much smaller role. Much of the money which purchases these lands comes from hunting and fishing licenses. Nevertheless, the North Country Trail is allowed passage through several SGAs. Camping is only allowed from September 11- May 14.

Lost Nations State Game Area was first established in 1951, and was first called the Pittsford SGA. That name remains on some maps. There are two parcels of property in Lost Nation which are not currently connected.

The region was supposedly the hideout of famed horse theif, Silas (Sile) Doty. It is also considered the final retreat of Chief Baw Beese of the Pottawattami tribe, prior to their nation being sent to reservations. The NOTA chapter which maintains the trail in Hillsdale County is named for Chief Baw Beese. The general area was locally known as "Lost Nation," and the game area was renamed as such in 1966.

creek crossing in Lost Nation State Game Area
creek crossing east of Lake Number 8 in Lost Nation State Game Area (photo by jhy)

There are 2471 acres in Lost Nation. It is one of the largest pieces of public land in southeast Michigan, and the quality of vegetation of wildlife within its borders is excellent. There are about 5.4 miles of North Country Trail within its borders. Expect clay soil, and muddy and slippery conditions when wet.

Also see:

Lost Nation State Game Area Master Plan, which includes a list of interesting wildlife species found there.
personal experience

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The North Country National Scenic Trail is 4600 miles long, spanning eight states. For more information, visit the North Country Trail Association