Chikaming Township Park Board
The Harbert Road Nature Preserve is located on Harbert Road east of the I-94 overpass in Harbert. This 90-acre preserve area is diverse, providing habitats for bird study, wildlife ecology, flower and tree identification or just enjoying a walk in the woods. Park in the parking area and then follow the signs to the shelter. Trails lead from there into the five distinct natural communities in various successions of growth. Two ponds and wetland attract wood ducks, mallards, and blue and green herons. The Preserve is open sunrise to sunset. There is no hunting and no motorized vehicles allowed. .
Harbert Community Park is located on Red Arrow Highway just north of the Public Safety Building in Harbert. This is an excellent place for a family picnic. There is a pavilion with two grills and 12 picnic tables. For the children there are four swings, a slide, a climber and a fishing pond. Also available is a regulation size Little League Baseball Field with bleachers and a concession stand. The pavilion and/or baseball field can be reserved by Chikaming property owners through Township Hall.
The 263-acre Chikaming Township Park and Preserve is located on Warren Woods Road between I-94 and Lakewood Estates. Its natural features are diverse and include uplands, wooded floodplains, 2,800-feet of frontage on the Galien River and a 5.3-acre lake. An informal walk through and a preliminary inventory identified 131 native species of plants including two threatened species. Funding for this new facility came from grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, donations of money, in kind services from individuals and the Township General Fund. Plans are in process to develop this unique site and will include a road to the lake, a picnic area, viewing platforms and trails. Drive in, park and then hike to the lake. The Park and Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment. Again, no hunting or off-road vehicles are allowed.
Cherry Beach was deeded to Chikaming Township by the Warren family in 1922. It is the largest beach, with approximately 253 feet of shoreline. There is a street level observation platform, which is handicapped accessible and a picnic site that is handicapped friendly. Parking on the weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend is by property owner pass when an attendant is on duty. The township provides maintenance, trash pickup and security patrols on summer weekends.