Flynn Woods Preserve
Access: Open to the Public
Acreage: 35 acres
Directions: Located on the south end of East Road, 1 mile east of Red Arrow Highway, in Three Oaks, Mi. The Preserve will be on your right-hand side. Click here for a link to Google Maps.
Parking: There is a parking lot available at the Preserve. Additional parking is located across the street at Robinson Woods Preserve.
A forest and wetland complex located on the south side of East Road across from Robinson Woods Preserve. This property features a mix of oak-hickory and wetland forests and, together with Robinson Woods, creates a 115-acre protected area. Bisecting the preserve is the John Morley Drain, which connects to Cherry Creek, a direct tributary to Lake Michigan. An inventory of plants in 2015 found 344 species, several of which are considered rare and protected at the state level!
Amenities include a picnic shelter with a potable water station, portable toilets, a bicycle repair station, a parking lot, and a network of trails through the Preserve. Due to the site's hydrology, portions of the trail occasionally flood during wet conditions.
Chikaming Open Lands purchased the property in 2014 with funding from the Susan Flynn family and a combination of private contributions and grant funding from The Pokagon Fund. The Preserve is dedicated in memory of Kevin F. Flynn, Susan's late husband, who was a cycling enthusiast and enjoyed biking in the area.
This preserve was acquired in part with funding from The Pokagon Fund.