Flynn Woods Preserve
Flynn Woods Preserve is a 35-acre 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!
Recreational improvements for public access as well as a natural rest area catering to road cyclists are being constructed. Plans include the construction of a picnic shelter with potable water, portable toilets, a bicycle repair station, a parking lot, and a network of trails through the Preserve.
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.
Improvements for public access and trails are still in development. The Preserve is located on East Road just west of I-94. Currently, parking is available across the street at Robinson Woods Preserve. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome.
This preserve was acquired in part with funding from The Pokagon Fund.