Stop by for a visit today!


With help from the Michigan DNR, Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve expanded Marguerite's estate into a 60-acre wildlife sanctuary in 1998. Over the past twenty years, we've renovated her cabin and added walking trails, boardwalks, observation decks, and many other amenities to allow the public to visit this beautiful resource and experience a part of 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.


Click on the map below to explore the property:


The preserve is always developing proposals to maintain the property, expand our trail system, or help out in the community.


If you would like to donate your own time and expertise to one of these endeavors, contact us by using the green "contact us" button at the top of the page.