Trail

Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve

Rockford, MI
Length: 1.80 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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A short walk from the parking area, visitors can experience several iconic features of the West Michigan landscape: oak-hickory and beech-maple forests, hardwood swamps and vernal pools, sphagnum bogs and tallgrass prairies. Overlooks and boardwalks provide impressive views of the bog and other wetlands – and frequent glimpses of the wildlife they contain. The ever-expanding tallgrass prairie is one of the most popular features of the property because of its shifting beauty throughout the seasons.

Trails are well maintained (even for little walkers) and well marked with blazes in the wooded areas and mowed trails throughout any prairie or open area. The child hazards in the wooded areas are mainly uneven surfaces and tree roots. There are two main loops from the parking lot, with a total of roughly 2 miles of trail. The are is mostly flat. There is a small creek running through the Southern loop of the Preserve, with small bridges to cross the creek. With the water areas, the Preserve has a large number of mosquitos in the spring and summer season.

There are two small boardwalks with viewing areas of the bog. One is elevated. You can not walk into the bog as part of the nature preservation efforts.

Lots of wildlife can be spotted including geese, swans, pitcher plants, frogs, Sandhill Cranes, deer and more.

Dogs are allowed on a leash.

 

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Creek / River, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking area is a gravel parking lot.

Trail Contributor

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Hi! It’s great to meet you! I am a native of West Michigan, born and raised in the Grand Rapids suburbs. My husband Nick and I are parents to our two-year-old son, Roland. We love to get outside on our local trails, and also enjoy downhill skiing, and spending time at the lake. I work as a marketing professional for an agency out of Indianapolis, and I’m also on the Hike it Baby National Team as the Newsletter Coordinator. I hope to see you on the trail soon!

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Getting There

Saul Lake Bog Preserve can be accessed from the driveway located at 10471 Six Mile Road, Rockford, Michigan. The driveway is unmarketed and does look like you are turning into a private residence; after you turn you will see a small sign for the Preserve.  Turn into the driveway, follow the signs, and bear left into the preserve.  The road ends in the preserve’s gravel parking area. The drive into the Preserve is a one-way two track gravel road. There are signs, but use caution when driving.