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Bishop's Bog Preserve


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Beautiful Quality & Benefits of Nature

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.


Bog Characteristics:

Bishop's Bog Preserve is another natural treasure of the City of Portage with walking and nature trails as the main amenity. This 152-acre preserve is the largest "relict" bog in Southern Michigan. Ancient and untouched, it is home to several rare plant species, including the Orange Fringed Orchid and Stemless Pink Ladyslipper. The bog is registered with the Nature Conservancy. To increase your appreciation for this unique resource, download Watching for Wildlife at Bishop's Bog (PDF), a trail guide published by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. 


Pets are allowed except where posted. Posted areas include: playground and Ramona Park beach. Pets must be restrained on a 6 foot 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 is prohibited in all parking areas.