Rogers Family / Dressel / Jordan River Preserve Complex

All dogs must be on a leash!

And please clean up after your pooches while using the trails.

Size

206 acres combined
- Rogers Family: 154 acres
- Jordan River: 40 acres
- Dressel: 10 acres
- Jordan River Sedge Marsh: 2 acres

Frontage

More than two miles along the shores of the Jordan River.

Land Description

Broad diversity of habitats lie along this stretch of the Jordan River ranging from mixed hardwood/conifer swamp to upland savannahs. From these preserves, the river empties into the Jordan River spreads on the outskirts of the city of East Jordan.

Trail Description

Two parking areas are available, along with an easy 1.5-mile trail system at the Rogers Family Homestead Preserve. Just upstream of the preserves lies a public access/canoe launch, making for an excellent paddling destination that ends in East Jordan at the edge of Lake Charlevoix.

History

In 1869, Samuel G. Rogers and his wife Eleanor moved from Ontario to homestead the land that is now the Rogers Preserve. The land was cultivated with oxen and horses, and hay was grown to feed the beef and dairy cattle and pigs. Family members still own the adjacent plantation. Pat Bonadeo donated an additional 2 acres to the Rogers Family Homestead Nature Preserve in 2021.

Directions

From downtown East Jordan, travel northeast and then east on M-32 for 1.3 miles to Rogers Road. Turn right, and the preserve is ½ mile down on the right.

Check out the plants and animals found at this preserve using the iNaturalist guide below. Help us document more with iNaturalist.org and eBird.org.