A kayak or canoe ride through the Cedar River twists dramatically through four ecosystems and many micro-habitats, giving rise to a rich collection of rare wetland plants and animals. The environment includes fen, shrub scrub, and aquatic systems. Cedar swamp occurs in the northwest stretch of the Natural Area.
Preserved by The Leelanau Conservancy, The Cedar River Preserve is in Solon Swamp, near the southwest corner of South Lake Leelanau. This extensive wetland complex is key to the health of Lake Leelanau. The area has sustained no observable human impact, except for some cedars that were cut over 100 years ago.
Getting there: There is no trail system at this Natural Area. You can only reach the property via boat on the Cedar River. Start at the Cedar Village Park. You’ll reach the Conservancy property after about 4 miles (1.5 hours paddling).