Shadow Lake Bog & Boardwalk

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s half-mile, boardwalk trail through the famous SHADOW Lake Bog is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. The trail head for the boardwalk is located at SHADOW’s Richter Educations Center. Unfortunately, dogs are not able to walk on the boardwalk trail, as the mesh grating on the trail will hurt their paws.


Upland Forest Trails

The Nature Preserve’s three miles of upland forest trails are under managed access. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting these trails.

We also ask that all visitors to the uplands make sure to obey leash laws and scoop up all dog poop, while on the property!



SHADOW’s classes and events open to students of all ages, though we ask that children under the age of 13 are accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the property.

Unless otherwise specified, SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve events are held at the Ritcher Education Center.

Please contact us if you would like to schedule a guided tour, or are interested in bringing a group out the Nature Preserve.


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