by Robin B
On the lookout for a local trail to explore? The City of Portage recently celebrated the completion of the Eliason Nature Reserve Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-September. The new paved trail is approximately 1.6 miles long and is the final piece to a continuous trail that runs from Osterhout Avenue to the north city limits at Kilgore Road.
The Eliason Nature Reserve is a 123-acre property located at 1614 West Osterhout Avenue. The reserve was donated to the City of Portage by Linda Eliason in memory of her husband, David Eliason, who was a General Manager at the adjacent Eliason corporation in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The property is a combination of uplands and wetlands and is part of the Bishop’s Bog complex, which is registered with the Nature Conservancy. “Classified as a ‘relic bog,’ Bishop’s Bog is the largest remaining bog of this type found in the southern lower peninsula” according to the City of Portage website.
The paved trail is spacious and allows for easy passing of walker, joggers, and bikers. It offers a peaceful setting, with a chance to hear and maybe even see some wildlife.
Make sure to check it out this fall!