Exercise Guide: West Lake County Preserve

Sierra Club Huron Valley Group
Sierra Club Huron Valley Group
Public group

West Lake County Preserve

14980 Waterloo Rd · Chelsea, mi

How to find us

Use the pin on the map below, or 14980 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea will get you in the vicinity. Meet in the parking lot.

Location image of event venue


This is NOT an in-person event. Sierra Club group outings are currently suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These Exercise Guides are intended to assist and encourage exploration of parks and natural areas in the Huron Valley Group region. Please enjoy them on your own or, using appropriate social distancing and masks, with others.

Visit West Lake Preserve, a wonderful preserve north of Chelsea on West Lake (pictured above). It has the lake, meadows, woods, and several wetland ponds. The morning I was there the air was full of the sound of Sandhill Cranes and at least two flights of them came over. There is skunk cabbage and Hepatica. There were American Coots, many Ringneck ducks, and some Buffleheads on West Lake and the large pond on the west side of the preserve. Trails were surprisingly dry for a Michigan woods in spring.

The first map below shows the trail system, the 2nd map a suggested route to hit all the woods. The route is basically a loop through the eastern part of the woods, then a loop in the western part, connected by walking around the small pond in the middle. The route shown is just under 3 miles.

NOTE: as a Washtenaw County Preserve, dogs are *not* allowed in West Lake Preserve.