Brower Lake Nature Preserve in Rockford, Michigan

Brower Lake Nature Preserve

Conservation Value – Why Protect This Land?

  • Located near Rockford, this nature preserve serves as an outdoor classroom for students of nearby Rockford schools, as well as for visitors who want to enjoy quiet recreation and experience the outdoors naturally.
  • This nature preserve helps to make the community an attractive place to live and contributes to the area’s environmental health and diversity.
  • This preserve protects a rare black oak savannah forest community.
  • It provides critical habitat for migrating birds, as well as many other native Michigan fauna.

 

Features

  • Located in Kent County
  • Established in 2002
  • 63 acres
  • Black oak savannah
  • Mixed hardwood forest
  • Riparian wetlands
  • Hiking trails
  • Wildflowers
  • Wooded ridge overlooking Big Brower Lake
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Dogs on leash only

History

Brower Lake Nature Preserve was established in 2001 through the generosity of Peter Wege and the Wege Foundation. Brower Lake Nature Preserve reflects both the Land Conservancy and the Wege Foundation’s commitment to include “green infrastructure” as part of a developing landscape.

Historically, the land was farmed, lumbered, and planted.

What’s Happening Today at Brower Lake Nature Preserve

The Land Conservancy is currently working to restore black oak savannah to sections of the preserve through the removal of a pine plantation as well as invasive species such as garlic mustard, multiflora rose, and honeysuckle.

Volunteers have helped the Land Conservancy to decommission some sledding trails and restore these steep hillside slopes with native vegetation.

 

Additional Resources

Trail guide map (pdf)

Nature preserve general information

Nature preserve policies (pdf)

 

Location

8748 Je-Ne-Be Drive, Rockford, Michigan 49341 (Approximate address for directional purposes only.)

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Directions and parking

There is a small parking area located at the trail head at 8748 Je-Ne-Be Drive, Rockford, Michigan 49341.

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