Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve
Access: Open to the public
Acreage: 49 acres
Directions: Located on the south side of Warren Woods Road in Chikaming Township, MI. From Red Arrow Highway, travel east on Warren Woods Road for approximately 2 miles to the preserve entrance. From Three Oaks Road, travel west on Warren Woods Road, approximately 1.5 miles to the entrance.
Parking: A gravel parking area is located at the entrance on Warren Woods Road.
The 49 acres consists of an open field being restored to native prairie, mature forested areas, and frontage on the Galien River. Together with nearby public and private properties, a large continuous corridor of relatively undeveloped natural area extends along much of the Galien River in Chikaming Township.
Chikaming Open Lands dedicated the Preserve in memory of the organization’s late executive director, Chris Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2016. Thompson's vision was to connect people to the land by offering outdoor experiences that make them healthier and happier. That is the vision for the Memorial Preserve as well. Plans for the property are underway with trail development completed and habitat restoration in progress. Chikaming Open Lands will also explore the possibility of offering access to the Galien River in the future.
Chikaming Open Lands acquired this property in October 2018. The acquisition was accomplished with the support of more than 125 individuals and organizations, including grant funds from The Pokagon Fund and The Carls Foundation.
Pictured to the right is the winner of our 2022 #COLfallphotos contest.