No visit to the Maritime Museum  is complete without a stroll on the nature trail through the ecosystem of the Jackson Harbor Ridges, a 90-acre State of Wisconsin Scientific Reserve. The fragile mix of shore meadow, dune, and boreal forest is not found anywhere else in the peninsula. Northern plant species such as the rare dwarf lake orchid and arctic primrose, along with white cedar, fir, and spruce, are found here. A part of the ridges was established with a Nature Conservancy tract. There is an isolated and generally underpopulated beach adjacent to the reserve.
More great Lawrence of Arabia dunescapes are found across Washington Island  southeast of Detroit Harbor along South Shore Drive at Sand Dunes Public Beach.