Pickerel Lake Park

Also known as the Fred Meijer Nature Preserve, Pickerel Lake Park offers a scenic mix of natural areas to explore along a branching network of trails. The lake itself covers nearly 80 acres and is a great setting for fishing or wildlife observation. One of the best-known features of the park is the 900 feet boardwalk crossing a portion of the lake. The shoreline of Pickerel Lake is undeveloped, being surrounded only by parkland and Camp Roger to the north.

Beyond the lake shore, trails meander through unique wetlands, sandy woods, and rolling forest hills and valleys. In the winter, the trails are open for cross country skiing. The main restrooms are closed in the off season, but a portable restroom is available at the parking lot.


6001 Ramsdell Rd NE
Cannonsburg, MI 49317


Open Year Round
7am to Sunset
Off-Season Information

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

In the winter, Pickerel Lake Park transforms. With moderate hills and diverse environments, the park is a beautiful place to explore on skis or snowshoes.


The park’s boardwalk is also a fine place for fishing the 80 acre, undeveloped Pickerel Lake.

Hiking Trails

The trails at Pickerel Lake Park are a series of interconnected loops and segments that total more than four miles. To access the park’s trails, follow the 900 foot long barrier-free boardwalk that crosses part of the lake just south of the trailhead off Ramsdell. The main loop around the lake is nearly two miles long, with travel in a clockwise direction. Other trails branching from the main Lake Trail explore adjacent woods, wetland areas, a larch swamp and small sand barrens. All trails are natural-surfaced and open to foot traffic only

Nature Observation

With its easy access to diverse natural environments, Pickerel Lake Park offers excellent opportunities to observe nature in action. The floating boardwalk is an especially good place to hang out with binoculars or a camera, as the photographer who snapped the shot of this green heron discovered!

  • Ungroomed trails totaling more than 4 miles
  • Main loop around the lake is nearly 2 miles long
  • Parking area is plowed on weekdays and offers a portable restroom

Pickerel Lake Park is a nature preserve.
No Launching of Watercrafts
No Bicycles
No Dogs
No Wading & Swimming

Pickerel Lake Park