West Lake Nature Preserve

A thoughtfully planned and well-maintained parks system contributes to the quality of life of its citizens and ensures a legacy for future generations to enjoy. To the City of Portage, protecting its natural treasures is an investment in the health, growth and stability of the community without being a burden on city resources. Parks reflect a community's attitudes, desires and dreams. They are our line in the sand to oppose man's encroachment on nature. But these beautiful, unspoiled places are also a rest for our souls so enjoy them, and leave only your troubles and footprints behind.

The West Lake Nature Preserve is a 110-acre wetland bog with 1,400 feet of frontage along West Lake and within close proximity to the City Centre. This beautiful park features a bark trail that winds through a shaded lowland forest and ends with a dock promenade to a panoramic view of West Lake. Providing recreational opportunities while preserving this natural habitat ensures the future of this fragile ecosystem and a new generation of people who will appreciate its beauty. Download Wander the Wetlands - A Self-Guided Tour of West Lake Nature Preserve and an area map for enjoying this incredible nature preserve.

Address: 9001 South Westnedge 
(Parking off South Shore Drive)

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to Dusk


  • Play Equipment
  • Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • BBQ Grills
  • Walking/Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Restrooms


  • Pets:  Pets are allowed except where posted. Posted areas include: picnic areas, playground and Ramona Park beach. Pets must be restrained on a 6’ or retractable leash, inoculated for rabies and never left unattended. Persons in charge of or in control of pets on park property shall be responsible for clean up and removal of excrement deposited by such pet.

  • Alcohol:  Prohibited in all parking areas.