Saturday (June 9th) is the day for the ‘grand opening’ of Spirit Springs Sanctuary, a new nature preserve on Dutch Settlement Road, northwest of Three Rivers.
The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) welcomes the public to celebrate the grand opening of this 124-acre natural property of rolling forest and wetlands with scenic views, located north of the Corey Lake area in Cass County along the St. Joseph County line. The preserve is the first publicly accessible SWMLC property in Cass County.
The preserve has multiple unique features, including a large wetland area that is a component of the largest (640 acres) wetland complex in the Rocky River watershed, a network of trails that wind through the property around a 7-acre lake, and glacial depressions and scenic ridges overlooking forested and emergent wetlands. This natural area also provides quality habitat for wood ducks and mallards and migration habitat for ring-necked ducks, American black ducks and other migratory birds.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
Invites you to attend the
Grand Opening Celebration
of Spirit Springs Sanctuary
Saturday, June 9, 2012 – 10 a.m. to Noon
Dutch Settlement Road (east of Miller Road), Marcellus Twp., Cass County
A guided field trip of the preserve will be offered during the celebration.
- From 131: Turn west onto M-216/Marcellus Hwy. Follow M-216 about 4.5 miles to Bent Rd. Turn south onto Bent Rd. and follow it as it winds about 3 miles to Dutch Settlement Rd. Turn west onto Dutch Settlement Rd. and go about 2.5 miles west and look for the preserve entrance on the north side of the road.
- From M-60: Follow M-60 to M-40. Turn north onto M-40 and go about 5.5 miles to Dutch Settlement Rd. Turn east onto Dutch Settlement Rd. and go 2.5 miles and look for the preserve entrance on the north side of the road.
For additional information about Spirit Springs Sanctuary from an earlier River Country Journal story, click on the following link: Public is welcome to grand opening of Spirit Springs Sanctuary June 9.