The beauty of Lakes Country abounds
Wing Haven, part of ACRES Land Trust, a nonprofit organization,
is open to nature enthusiasts daily, with special events and an
open house scheduled the first Sunday of every month.
Just one of five ACRES sites in Steuben County, Wing Haven is
a gorgeous acquisition. Located off State Road 127 North on County
Road 400 North, the acreage includes most of the Seven Sisters
Lakes, scenic trails, slopes and valleys. The property includes
a log home and outbuildings.
An art studio/visitor center is open to the public the first Sunday
of the month from 1 to 5 p.m.
Wing Haven is ideal for hiking, nature study and photography,
in addition to meetings for area historical and art societies,
nature lovers and others.
The Woodland Bog is a 20-acre tract located near the intersection
of County Road 100 North and directly east of County Road 200
East. Dense mats of ferns give the area a unique tropical appearance
in summer. Red Osier Dogwood, quiet clear ponds, aspens and oaks
mark the site. Access is achieved by parking on County Road 100
North and walking along the fence row back to the woods. Please
respect private property.
Beechwood Nature Reserve is located near Little Otter Lake just
off State Road 127 North, north of County Road 500 North near
Angola. The tract offers a variety of habitats in a small area,
including stately beeches and ancient maples, cattails and fern
hummocks. Rolling meadows offer wide views in Steuben Countys
Memorial Nature Reserve is located two miles east of Orland north
of State Road 120 on County Road 750 West. High ridges of woodland
surround a small glacial lake and then break to the east in an
expanse of tamarack forest with deep mats of living sphagnum moss.
The Ropchan Wildlife Refuge is located along State Road 827 near
County Road 500 North. Rolling glacial kames surround Cemetery
Lake with adjoining broad marshland of reeds, ferns and tamarack.
The area supports a mixture of plants and animals.
McClue Reserve, located on County Road 400 North, about one mile
east of State Road 127 North, is an 80 acre tract containing a
large variety of wildlife and birds. Marked trails and printed
guides are available. If a personally-guided tour is desired,
this may be arranged by contacting Pokagon State Park naturalist
Fred Wooley at (260) 833-2012. Although there is no admission,
visitors are asked not to picnic, camp or hunt in the reserve.
Other areas that are ideal for hiking include the Pigeon River
State Fish & Wildlife Area located south of Orland and south
of State Road 120, west of State Road 327 North on County Road
The Anspaugh Wildlife Habitat Trust Area is open to the public
on a limited basis. The 80 acre tract on Loon Lake south of County
Road 100 North west of Loon Lake public access off Landis Road
includes lowland woods, wet meadows, shrub wetlands and lake frontage.
The Elizabeth Hanna Nature Reserve is located on the east shore
of Clear Lake. The Town of Clear Lake dedicated the six acres
of land to Elizabeth Lib Hanna in recognition of her
dedication to the preservation of wildlife areas.