Dr. Fredrick Van Nus Preserve
Dr. Fredrick Van Nus Preserve

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Dr. Fredrick Van Nus Preserve
Dr. Fredrick Van Nus Preserve

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Dr. Fredrick van Nus Preserve

Est. 2011

Size

Length

Estimated Time

Season

80 Acres

About the Preserve

This LSWC Preserve lies at the Carp River headwaters in Prince Township’s Precambrian Shield country. An enjoyable 2-km section of the Voyageur Trail loops through the Preserve’s rolling hardwood forest uplands, across beaver dams, past wetlands and rocky outcroppings. 

Amenities
  • A future section of the Voyageur Trail is being planned for the Preserve

Trail Highlights
  • Beaver dam 

  • Wetland

  • Streams

  • Rock outcroppings

  • Rolling topography through mixed hardwood forest

  • Erratic boulders deposited by the last glaciers

Habitat
  • Upland Hardwood

  • Beaver Meadows 

  • Watershed Streams

  • The property is within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest region

  • Top of Carp River watershed flowing to the St. Marys River ​​​

Species in the Area

Trees:

  • Sugar and red maple

  • Red oak 

  • Trembling and large-toothed aspen

  • Ironwood

  • Yellow and white birch

  • White pine

  • White spruce

  • White cedar

  • Tamarack

 

Ground Cover:

  • White and red trillium

  • Dutchman’s breeches

  • Trout lily

 

Other Flora:

  • Ferns

  • Mushrooms

  • Ground hemlock

  • Sassafras

  • Indian pipe 

  • False Solomon’s-Seal

 

Animals:

  • Moose

  • Black bear

  • Red fox

  • White-tailed deer 

  • Raccoon

  • Coyote

  • Red squirrel

  • Chipmunk

 

Birds:

  • Winter wrens

  • Red-eyed vireos

  • Chickadees

  • Warblers

  • Thrushes

  • Raptors

  • Hawks

Recommended Activities
  • Hiking 

  • Birdwatching

  • Nature Study

Other Information

Where suitable footwear for rough ground, and be prepared for insects particularly in June and July.

 

Currently there is hiking nearby on the Voyageur Trail access from Marshall Drive, Prince Township. The trail leads west toward the Gros Cap bluffs, or east through the Sault Ste Marie Region Conservation Authority property.  

 

Voyageur Trail crew clearing the trail. ©GaryMcGuffin

Voyageur Trail crew clearing the trail.

A beaver meadow on the preserve. ©GaryMcGuffin

A beaver meadow on the preserve.

Sault College Parks students assisting LSWC with the trail route planning. ©GaryMcGuffin

Sault College students assisting with trail route planning.