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Inland Waterway Preserve Management Unit2019-03-14T15:35:37+00:00

Inland Waterway/Lossing-Harrington/Kreag Family/Ponshewaing Nature Preserves

A blog post about visiting in Winter!

Size: Four preserves totaling 57 acres

Frontage: Combined, these preserves protect more than a half mile of Crooked Lake and Crooked River frontage just upstream of the Crooked River locks on the edge of Alanson. 1,500 feet frontage along US-31 protects the scenic wooded character of the area just south of the village of Alanson.

Land Description: Ten acres of northern fen extend along the lake frontage on the Inland Waterway Preserve, vegetated with sedges, grasses and shrubs. The remainder of the preserves consists of rich conifer swamp dominated by northern white cedar.

Trails: There is only one short trail on this preserve complex. Starting from the gate on Lake Street in Alanson, the quarter mile trail will take you to a scenic spot on the Crooked River. Although there is no boat landing site on these preserves, a gravel surfaced, limited depth boat launch site is located at the end of Lake Street near the Crooked River locks, providing an access point for paddlers to enjoy the scenic lake frontage of these preserves.

Directions: From the intersection of US-31 and M-68 in Alanson, go south .3 mile.  Turn left on West Street and go one block.  Turn right on Lake Street and go .3 mile.  There is no formal parking area, but there is room to park along the road near the gate.

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!