Alanson, Emmet County
Ten acres of northern fen extend along the lake frontage on the Inland Waterway Preserve, vegetated with sedges, grasses and shrubs. The remainder of the preserves consists of rich conifer swamp dominated by northern white cedar. There is only one short trail on this preserve complex. Starting from the gate on Lake Street in Alanson, the quarter mile trail will take you to a scenic spot on the Crooked River. Although there is no boat landing site on these preserves, a gravel surfaced, limited depth boat launch site is located at the end of Lake Street near the Crooked River locks, providing an access point for paddlers to enjoy the scenic lake frontage of these preserves.