|Location:||South West Michigan|
|Average Snowfall:||40 - 60 inches||Fall Color Season:||Middle October|
The open sand dunes habitat of the sanctuary has been hailed by the Michigan Nature Association (MNA) as a "superlative" sanctuary. Few MNA natural areas can boast the combination of the Barvicks Dunes, two dissimilar habitates, the Atlantic Coast Plains marsh and hardwood conifer swamp. Still uncrowded and unspoiled, the 40-acre dune/forest complex is a refuge for 12 plant species found nowhere else on MNA lands. Four of the 12 species are of threatened status. The dune is still active and is covered by luxuriant ferns, islands of oak, jack pine and pin and sand cherries.
The Keeler State Game Area is more than a game area, it's a wildlife area. In the spring not many people use the game area, making it an ideal place for a quiet hike, especially if you like wild, rustic terrain. The 400-acre mini-game area is open to the public for hunting and fishing, picnicking and hiking on work roads. Camping is allowed seasonally with a permit. There are no restrooms or facilities for picnicking.
The preserve contains century-old white pines and streams once filled with sturgeon. The dunes are considered to be among the best freshwater dunes in the state. Thirteen endangered plant species are found here.
Come enjoy the excitement of the Cass County Fair. You will be entertained by bull riding, demolotion derbies, amusement rides, and of course, county fair treats.
Calvin Township, Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Howard Township, Jefferson Township, Jones, La Grange Township, Marcellus Township, Mason Township, Milton Township, Newberg Township, Niles (part), Ontwa Township, Penn Township, Pokagon Township, Porter Township, Silver Creek Township, Union, Vandalia, Volinia Township, Wayne Township