Access: open to the public
Acquisition: Donated , 1995
Trails: Popular for bird watching, a short walk takes one to a viewing platform that overlooks a shallow lake.
Topinabee Lake Preserve is located just southwest of Niles. From US-12 (Pulaski Highway), turn north onto Portage Road. The preserve is just ahead; park along the east edge of the road when you see the preserve sign.
Most of Topinabee Lake Preserve is made up of a shallow lake with a border of willows, swamp rose and small trees. This wetland is a popular migration spot for many different species of birds, especially waterfowl. Nearly 20 different types of ducks have been identified on the preserve. Rare birds for southwest Michigan such as American bittern, Common moorhen, and Great egret are occasionally found hunting the wetlands for food while various warblers, orioles, and tanagers explore the brushy edges for insects.