at Walkinshaw Wetlands
Walkinshaw Wetland is 4.5 miles southeast of Walkerville. There is a large Forest Service sign and a two-track road that extends to behind some evergreens. Other than that, its simply a large protected wetland.
On the east edge Beaver Creek has been chanelized. There is a fence, but openings exist so you can get close to the water. If you walk straight east from the parking area, you can reach the creek without getting wet. However, most of the area is low and hummocky with standing water.
From the parking area, looking straight north, you can see a pond. This is only visible from this slightly higher ground. If you cross the marshy area to get to the pond, it is surrounded by a very large area of cattail, and you can't get to the open water at all.
There are no actual trails. The best enjoyment of this place is probably for birdwatching.
Rest Rooms- none
Potable Water- none
Access- via Fox Road where it curves south into 198th Ave., southeast of Walkerville (on the back way to Hesperia)
Restrictions- no camping, no overnight parking
Seasonality- open all year, but parking may not be accessible in winter
Ecosystem- lowland marsh, and open pond with cattails. Chanelized creek.
Other points of interest- Walkerville is 4.5 miles away with small town services.
most recent date this info personally checked- March 2012
Additional Facilities- none
Maintained by- Baldwin District of the Manistee National Forest
650 N. Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box D
Baldwin, MI 49304
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