Oden Island Nature Preserve
Size: 50 acres
Frontage: One mile on Crooked Lake
Land Description: This preserve is composed of large old-growth trees and fragile wetlands.
Trails: Parking is found at the trailhead. Approximately one mile of foot trails skirt the island’s eastern perimeter. Look for two benches along the way for enjoying lakeside views.
History: A successful fundraising effort in 2000 resulted in the Conservancy’s purchase of this large, undeveloped waterfront property. The purchase
closed the door on a controversial 34-unit subdivision proposed for the site. Now the preserve helps maintain the water quality of Crooked Lake which lies near the upper portion of the Inland Waterway, a 40-mile navigable waterway that boaters can take all the way into Lake Huron at Cheboygan. The protection of this property was an ideal example of a community coming together. A window of only three months was available to raise almost $1 million for the purchase. The result was an outpouring of support from many individuals, a family foundation, the lake association, and Littlefield Township.
Directions: From Petoskey, take US-31 north 3¼ miles to Pickerel Lake Road. Turn right and follow 4 miles until Pickerel turns into Channel Road. Follow Channel Road 1 mile to Oden Island Road and turn left. Once on the island, turn right on Leeward Drive and go to the end until you see the Conservancy logo sign.