Get to Know A Sanctuary- Kope Kon and Adaline Kershaw Woods


Near the banks of Lake George in Branch County, MNA is proud to protect the Kope Kon and Adaline Kershaw Woods Nature Sanctuaries.


Photo by Richard Holzman


The Kershaw Woods Nature Sanctuary is an oak forest that has never been logged, and serves as a remnant of Michigan’s former wilderness. More than three dozen species of trees grow in this area, including elm, dogwood, basswood and cherry, along with beautiful wildflowers and rare, native plants. This is truly an opportunity to see what Michigan’s land looked like 150 years ago.


MNA file photo

 The Kope Kon Nature Sanctuary protects the last piece of natural shoreline along Lake George. Kope Kon was chief of the Potawatomi Indians. He and his tribe settled along the shores of Lake George because of the wonderful hunting and fishing and the fertile farmland. This sanctuary is home to the pawpaw tree from which beautiful flowers bloom in the spring and fruit grows in the fall.


MNA file photo

 Together these two sanctuaries protect 56 acres of land and are wonderful places to visit for the day!


Directions: Take 69 south to Lake George Exit (Indiana #3) Turn right off exit, Turn right at the stop sign. Go 1 to 2 miles and turn left onto Kope Kon Road.  Sanctuary is on the right at the end of the road.

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About Michigan Nature Association

The Michigan Nature Association is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to preserving Michigan’s natural heritage since 1952. MNA protects more than 10,000 acres of land in over 170 nature sanctuaries throughout the state of Michigan, from the tip of Keweenaw in the Upper Peninsula to the Indiana/Ohio border.