Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area

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Once a working farm, this site now contains a diverse mixture of habitats including lakes, wetlands, old fields, and forest. Work roads that double as hiking/biking trails traverse the area. The topography is flat to gently rolling.

Because of the diversity of habitats found here, many different kinds of wildlife may be viewed at Rose Lake. A great variety and abundance of songbirds are seen here. Sandhill cranes are known to nest here and may be seen flying to and from nesting marshes from May through August. Great blue herons are commonly seen in the lakes and wetland areas, and American bitterns also may be seen by the careful observer. Bitterns are small, elusive wading birds with brown striped necks. When approached, they will stand erect, aim their pointed bills straight upward, and blend right in with the sedges, cattails, and other aquatic plants that give them refuge.

This area is open to public hunting.


FROM DOWNTOWN LANSING: Take 127 North to I-69 East towards Flint. Take Exit 94 (Haslett/East Lansing exit).

FROM NORTHERN MICHIGAN: Take 27 South to I-69 East towards Flint. Take Exit 94 (Haslett/East Lansing exit).

FROM WESTERN MICHIGAN: Take 96 East to I-69 East towards Flint. Take Exit 94 (Haslett/East Lansing exit).

FROM SOUTHERN MICHIGAN: Take 96 West to 127 North to I-69 East towards Flint. Take Exit 94 (Haslett/East Lansing exit).

As you are coming off exit 94, the first light you come to is Old M-78. Turn left at this light. Travel approximately 1 mile down to the first crossroad, Upton Road, and turn left. The second road on the right hand side is a dirt road, Stoll Road, turn right. The Rose Lake office is located at 8562 E. Stoll Road, approximately 1/4 mile down on the right hand side. An area map is available at the Rose Lake Wildlife Area office or as a printable pdf map on the Michigan DNR web site.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Rose Lake Wildlife Office

Size: 4,140 acres

Closest Town: Bath

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