With help from the Michigan DNR, the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve expanded Marguerite's estate into a 60+ acre wildlife sanctuary. Over the past twenty years through efforts driven by our dedicated volunteers, the cabin has been renovated and walking trails, boardwalks, observation decks, and many other amenities have been added to the Preserve. Marguerite's estate is now a resource for the community, and allows the public to experience the diverse wildlife of Northern Michigan and learn about Marguerite's legacy.
The preserve is open to the community from dusk until dawn, and visitors may hike, bike, and walk leashed pets through 2.5 miles of our managed trail system. In the winter time, these trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The main trail is wheelchair accessible and leads visitors past an information kiosk to Marguerite's cabin and the nearby picnic area and outdoor restroom. This trail also loops past Marguerite's pond and a wetland area near Tank Creek, which features wooden platforms and the John Bailey memorial gazebo.
View our Trails Map to explore the property.