Burton Nature Preserve

Natural Areas: Burton Nature Preserve

State Designated Nature Preserve [#176; 2000]

View of adjacent Lake Manitou wetlands

Lake Manitou Wetlands. Click to enlarge

This large (130 acre) preserve features trails adjacent to Lake Manitou, including parts of the Manitou Islands Wetland Conservation Area and Nature Preserve. Old lanes and clearly defined paths intertwine with a large network of unofficial side trails. Many of the latter explore small upland areas adjacent to the lake and wetlands. You’ll enjoy views of Lake Manitou, see occasional wildflowers, and perhaps spot ducks and geese from the trail or occasional viewing stands. DNR appears to manage some of the areas away from the lake as pheasant habitat. Not my favorite preserve, but worth a stop.

Trail Map

trail map

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Fulton County. From the intersection of US 31 and IN 25 south of Rochester, go south 1.85 miles on US 31 to Wabash Road, then left 0.6 miles, bearing right at the split to a parking area on the right just after the split.

GPS: N 41 02.501 W 86 11.273



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