Chaboiganing Nature Preserve/Colonial Point Memorial Forest
Size: Chaboiganing Nature Preserve: (LTC): 194 acres
Colonial Point Memorial Forest (UMB): 290 acres
Land Description: Entirely wooded, Colonial Point includes the largest old growth red oak stand in the northern Lower Peninsula with trees up to 150 years old. The Chaboiganing Preserve is a mixture of both open fields and woodlands.
Trails: More than 2½ miles of easy trails for hiking and skiing. The Burt Lake Trail runs along the preserve. Please note that hunting is allowed on Colonial Point.
History: In 1985, the Colonial Point Forest was purchased by a sawmill and slated for heavy logging. A grassroots group spearheaded by conservationist Wendy O’Neil expressed great concern for this treasured area because of its red oak forest, one of the most significant in the Midwest. In response, LTC coordinated efforts to purchase the property with a significant grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Partners included the University of Michigan Biological Station, the Michigan chapter of The Nature Conservancy, local property owners, and citizens joining to raise the needed funds. Colonial Point is now owned by the Biological Station. In 1993, LTC used donated funds to purchase 192 acres adjacent to Colonial Point to form the Chaboiganing Preserve. An adjacent two acres were donated by the Pieniozek family in 2012.
Directions: Take US-31 north from Alanson 3.5 miles to Brutus Road. Turn right (east) and travel 4 miles on Brutus Road. Parking lot for the Chaboiganing Preserve is across from the old Burt Lake Market. Colonial Point Forest is located on the first road on the right past the preserve. The trailhead/entrance is ¼ mile east on Indian Point Road.