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Otto Nature Preserve

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The Otto Nature Preserve is an 80-acre parcel of land in Benona Township owned and managed by Oceana Conservation District. The property was donated to the district in 2019 and features an old-growth northern mesic hardwood forest. Two looped trails and interpretive signage introduce visitors to the solace and natural features of the forest. The District regularly holds educational events and guided hikes at the nature preserve including birding field trips, snowshoe hikes, owl prowls, forestry discussions, and more.


Visitors are welcome at the Otto Nature Preserve from dawn to dusk to hike the trails and enjoy the natural surroundings. A gravel parking lot is accessible from Scenic Drive; please stay off Apache Drive. The nature preserve is open for recreational, educational and scientific use only. We ask that you please stay on the trail to protect the natural habitat.

  • No hunting

  • No motorized vehicles

  • No gathering firewood

  • No camping or fires

  • All dogs must be kept on a leash

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