Turtle island is kind of shaped like a turtle. It sticks out on the north and south ends and is wider in the center. It also sticks up in the center quite high, like a snapper turtles shell. People enter the island from a rather steep opening on the west side of the island. As you climb up, the island has a clearing on top that kind of flattens out some what. This is where campers pitch their tents and have a small fire pit. In the past few years there have been some campers that have decided they would cut some trees down to use as firewood. I believe this is what prompted the Department of Natural Resources to place the sign telling people the island is truly part of the Manistee National Forest and littering and cutting of any trees or wood is prohibited.
On the south end of the island there is a really amazing display of lily pads and wild irise’s that grow at the shores edge. The fall colors mixed with the birch and pines are stunning!!