Fegan Nature Preserve
Location: Ogemaw County
Year Acquired: 2008
Size: 10 acres
Fegan Nature Preserve features a unique blend of meadows, wetlands, and wooded areas with a groomed trail and formal parking area just a few miles east of Skidway Lake. The property provides habitat to a variety of plants and animals, including deer, raccoons, foxes, rabbits, snakes, and a wide variety of bird species. It is noted for being home to the Blue Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor foxi), which is uncommon in Michigan due to habitat destruction.The wetlands enhance the water quality of nearby Cranberry Lake by filtering out pollutants before they are able to flow downstream.
In the 1930’s this land was part of a 40-acre homestead established by Bernard and Stella Fegan. This Preserve was donated, in their honor, to the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy by Bernard and Kathleen Fegan in 2008.
Recreational opportunities include hiking and wildlife observation.
How to get to Fegan Nature Preserve:
The property can be reached from the west by taking Exit 202 (Alger) from I-75 and going north on M-33 three miles and then right on Greenwood Road 8.4 miles to Cranberry Lake Road. Or, from the south by taking Exit 195 from I-75 east into Sterling, then north on Melita Road (named School Road in Sterling) 10 miles to Greenwood Road (name changes to Henderson Lake Road along the way). Follow the curve of Henderson Lake/Greenwood Road to the east and the road becomes Greenwood Road for 1.4 miles to Cranberry Lake Road.