*Attention Visitors Path D (Red) and the surrounding area are currently closed at the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve because a bear and bear cub has been sighted in that area. For your safety please do not enter this area until further notice. The area which is closed can be viewed on the map at the welcome center. Thank you
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Snowshoeing: We have 23 pairs of youth snowshoes and of 2 pairs of adult snowshoes available for a group outlng that can be used by Schools, Churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts etc. at no charge. To make a group reservation please call the Otsego County Community Center at (989) 732-6521
Equestrian Use Rules: Equestrian uses allowed every Sunday and Monday of each month during Daylight Savings - Biking will not be allowed on those days
The Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve at Echo Valley Ranch will consist of almost 800 acres of property located in Johannesburg, Michigan. The property contains Kujawa and Johannesburg Lakes, along with being the former home of both the Johannesburg Manufacturing Company as well as Echo Valley Resort.
The first 764 acres were transferred to Otsego County for the first phase of the Nature Preserve. Phase 1 includes activities such as hiking, snow shoeing, and cross county skiing and equestrian. In addition tentative plans are to restore the historic sawmill, along with associated buildings, and help educate people about this important part of Johannesburg history. The entrance is located at the corner of Waters & Gingell Roads at the northeast corner of the property. The remaining property, which will allow for increased activities, will be transferred at a later date.
Mr. Groen's deep commitment to the property during his stewardship and the continuation thereof through the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve emanates out of Mr. Groen's love and respect for nature, animals, and the outdoors. By making these arrangement for the care, custody and maintenance of the property, Mr. Groen is hopeful that generations of citizens of Otsego County will have the opportunity to enjoy, appreciate and respect these aspects of our community.
Otsego County, through the members of its Groen Visioning Committee, have begun working on long-range planning for the future Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve. Though a portion of the property remains in private ownership, the Committee has been established to create a plan for the property in anticipation of the future conveyance of the property as a public asset.
Kujawa Lake Property Trails
Please note that cell phone coverage is generally available except at lower elevations near the lake.
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