On November 10, 2014, the new Nature Area was formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Constructed by the FoBR to share the beauty of the Boyne River and surrounding woods, and to provide an access to the river and educate the public about the environmental importance of wetlands to our rivers, the Nature Area is only possible because of the financial support from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Frey Foundation, the Oleson Foundation, the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, the City of Boyne City and an anonymous private donor.
Located at the back of Boyne City’s Air Industrial Park on M-75, trail signs, a small parking area and a bike rack welcome visitors. Adjacent to the parking lot is a rain garden filled with native plants and a roofed education pavilion with picnic tables. A path leads down a ravine from the parking area and into the heavily wooded wetland area which lies between the river and several steep hills along the south bank of the river. The pathway continues northwesterly along the base of the hills and at three places along the pathway there are stairs down to boardwalks that cross the wetlands and end at docks where visitors can fish or just enjoy the river view. Also, don’t miss the recently added upland trail, which starts just east of the pavilion, and is a quarter mile walk with three “resting” benches.
To get to the Boyne River Nature Area, enter the East entrance of the Air Industrial Park on M-75 at Moll Drive. Follow Moll Drive about one block, where it ends at Lexamar Drive. Turn right on Lexamar Drive and the Boyne River Nature Area sign will be on your left a few yards down the road.