Rogers Family Homestead/Dressel/Jordan River Preserve Complex
Size: 201 acres combined
Frontage: More than two miles along the shores of the Jordan River.
Land Description: A 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.
Trails: 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 a nice 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. The adjacent farmstead is still owned by family members.
Directions: From downtown East Jordan, travel northeast and then south on M-32 for 1.3 miles to Rogers Road. Turn right and the preserve is ½ mile down on the right.