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Wilhelm Landscapes Announces Barge Service


Some lakeshore properties contain challenging access. Whether it is a considerable slope, extreme growth or simply a desire to maintain an existing condition; creating an access from the land can be problematic. Often, the solution can be to access the shoreline from the water.



Wilhelm announces our investment in two barges which can be used to deliver equipment and materials direct to your shoreline from the water. 



These barges can be used together or separate. It can be a practical solution to a complex access site.



Local ordinances vary from lake to lake. Ask Wilhelm about the availability of such a service for your location. Wilhelm Landscape is the leader in shoreline protection in Northwest Lower Michigan. We continue to grow as a reliable experienced. installer of all types of shoreline protection. We look forward to working with you to create a beautiful and functional design you can count on. Protect your investment, contact Wilhelm Landscapes today. 

Landscape Design

Landscape Design

Check out some of our most recent designs. Wilhelm meets with you on site. Discusses your needs and options. And can then create a beautiful full color design to illustrate your particular project features.


Call us today or go online to request a site visit.


Wilhelm Landscapes Fire Pit Design

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Wilhelm Landscapes Fire Pits | Kits and Custom HIGH FORMAT® we like to make things easy for you. With that being said, we’ve created three fire pit kits with all the components needed for a hassle free installation, including a steel liner. 
Round Belvedere Fire Pit
Square Dimensional Fire Pit
Square Kodah Fire Pit

But, let’s say you want to create something entirely different in size or shape. Here, we have some inspirational photos to help you generate ideas. All of these fire pit installations utilize our HIGH FORMAT® products. Take a look.

Above: Custom fire pit using Kodah Wall and Natural Stone Silverek Splitface Coping (gas and liner by others).

Claremont Wall blocks for a custom gas fire pit (liner by others).

Dimensional Wall blocks and Dimensional Coping (liner by others).

Belvedere Wall and Coping with square fire pit liner

Our Kodah Fire Pit Kit enhanced with an additional layer of Kodah Wall blocks for increased height, installed with gas conversion

Dimensional Wall blocks for a custom gas fire pit (liner by others)

Belvedere Wall and Coping to create a half circle custom gas fire pit (liner by others)


Free DEQ Permit

If you sign with us for a shoreline project by March 1st 2021, you will receive a EGLE DEQ shoreline permit at no cost. Protect your investment with rip rap shoreline protection. We also install limestone slabs and steel or vinyl. Any work on a shoreline requires approval from the DEQ. Sign up now and we will apply for the permit for free, if signed before March 1st.

Wilhelm Landscapes Design

Wilhelm Landscapes, Northern Michigan’s premiere builder of natural boulder shoreline protection, is a leading design/build landscaping company. We have designed and built hundreds of beautiful landscaping projects across most counties in Northwest Lower Michigan.



Your property is a valuable investment. Creating a design for your landscaping should be a collaborative effort. Often owners have an idea of what they want. But not always the best way to integrate those ideas into a functional design. It starts with “we should do something with the yard”. It ends with an asset to your lifestyle. 

When you contact Wilhelm Landscape for a design, most often it is Robert Wilhelm who will come to your site to meet with you personally. He will walk the site and describe options based on your desires. He then employs his vision and experience to the particular circumstances of the land. Next the design is formalized as a conceptual full color illustration so that you can visualize the design and see how the elements work together.

Whether it’s that patio you’ve always wanted for entertaining or a fire pit for those chilly evenings on the lake, Wilhelm Landscapes Design team is here to make your dreams come true.




Rip Rap Shoreline Protection Seawalls

Wilhelm Landscapes is Northern Michigan’s premiere builders of seawalls on the Great Lakes and inland lakes. Although we install most all forms of shoreline protection from vinyl to environmentally conscience designs, Wilhelm Landscapes mostly uses our Northern Michigan boulders.



The Department of Environmental Quality defines the use of this type of material as rip rap. Rip rap shoreline protection is a process that is permitted separately from other types of seawalls. Rip rap is another way of saying “boulders”



Rip rap shoreline protection generally is installed against the height of the banks along the shoreline. The size of the rip rap can vary depending on what body of water your Northern Michigan property is on. It can also depend on which side of an inland lake your property is on.

Often one side of any lake, usually the east side, will experience more significant wave action because of prevailing winds. The DEQ has standards for most inland lakes that determine the diameter permitted. Lake Michigan has experience significant level increases in the past few years. Installing larger rip rap material can break up the wave action that has claimed valuable shoreline property.


Installing rip rap shoreline protection as a seawall option is as much an art form as it is functional. Our crews piece together appropriate sizes and shapes to create a beautiful, natural looking addition to your Northern Michigan shoreline. It really does take a creative mind to fit together just the right boulders into just the right spot. This allows the seawall to maintain its condition and function against the wave action on your Northern Michigan lakeside property. 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wilhelm Landscapes

Wilhelm Landscapes Crew Working Through Winter



With the many project we have on Grand Traverse Bay, our crews will be out working through the season to protect the shorelines from the high water and destructive waves. Wilhelm Landscapes is the premiere builder of seawalls and rip rap shoreline protection in Northern Michigan. Our staff is the hardest working group around. It takes a special type of person to gear up and go get into Lake Michigan every day and we could not be prouder of their efforts. If you happen to see one of our crews give them a shout out, they deserve our praise.


Now is the time to sign up for next years projects. If you sign an estimate before 3/31/2020, we will wave the fee for one of the designated permits when you mention this ad.


From our family at Wilhelm Landscapes to yours.






Wilhelm Landscapes sells upper peninsula boulders!

Did you know you can purchase boulders from Wilhelm Landscapes. You can either pick them up at one of our locations or have them delivered to your site. We harvest the boulders from the Upper Peninsula and have a huge range of sizes and looks. Many of the large colorful boulders are called Character Boulders.  These are often very large, as much as 4′ in diameter. They can make a nice feature to a planting bed or water feature. We have also had clients interested in using these large boulders as a sign or address marker. Wilhelm Landscapes has more boulders than we know what to do with! Stop in and take a look! Check out for more information.




Great Lakes Water Levels

Wilhelm Landscapes works with the Army Corp. of Engineers to permit your project.

As Northern Michigan’s premiere builder of seawalls and shoreline protection, Wilhelm Landscapes is ready to help as the Great Lakes reach record high levels. We work with the Army Corp of Engineers to obtain the proper permits required for working on the Great Lakes and this includes either Grand Traverse Bay.

rising water

Wilhelm Landscapes has an offer for new projects slated for 2020

Sign up for a project before 3/31/2020, and receive a free DEQ Permit. For Great Lakes customers this includes the permitting required from the Army Corp. of Engineers.

It’s suggested that with even a normal winter and spring, the water levels on the Great Lakes could rise again next year. Many residents on these waters have already been proactive by working with Wilhelm Landscapes to protect their shoreline. 



Contact Wilhelm Landscapes today and schedule an appointment to discuss your options.

Protect your investment, with a seawall or shoreline protection design from Wilhelm Landscapes.


Wilhelm’s New Home Division

Wilhelm is proud to announce we are now offering additional home services. From simple honey do lists to full remodels, we can help. Call us at 231-267-9267 or email

New Services include:

Remodels – Custom Masonry – Carpentry – Drywall – Painting – Unfinished Chores – Tiling

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