Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve Grand Reopening
The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve will celebrate their Grand Reopening on Friday, April 29, 2022 starting at 4:30pm. The preserve is located at 2429 Lake Avenue in North Muskegon, Michigan.
The grand reopening is in celebration of the successful completion of a 17 month long habitat and aquatic restoration project that included removing invasive species, the planting of 2100 trees, 3400 shrubs and 30,400 herbaceous plants and restoring the connection to Muskegon Lake to allow for the movement of fish and water flow from the lake into the lagoon.
The program will include guest speakers, a ribbon cutting ceremony, information stations, self-guided tours, family activities, free native plant seeds, cake, and tree and shrub planting in observance of Arbor Day.
The 17 acre Preserve is located on the eastern shoreline of Muskegon Lake, adjacent to the mouth of the Muskegon River. The Preserve is home to trails, a wetland walkway, a paved bike and walking trail, an outdoor pavilion classroom and the 1⁄4 mile long Wilder River Walk. Activities include bird watching, fishing, jogging, walking, biking, wildlife viewing, dog walking and nature photography.
The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve is managed by the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (MERES), a 503 (c) nonprofit for enjoyment by the public and to inspire individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enjoy, discover and cherish the natural environment.
The Preserve also serves as an outdoor classroom for teachers and students studying wetlands and forest environmental issues. There is also a covered classroom pavilion for use by students while at the Preserve. Many of the students that visit, come from Muskegon Area Intermediate School District schools.