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