The Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area is a boon to outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. Part of a network of trails surrounding a large shallow impoundment, this trail takes you past old farmsteads, research crop plots, and views of the local wildlife.
The fall colors on the marsh are absolutely stunning. Early October brings the best color, but be aware that the parking areas can be crowded as this is also waterfowl hunting season.
If you hunt around in the brush, the remains of an old farmhouse are visible, including the cement slab and foundations. They were vacated and razed in the 1970's when the land was purchased by the MDNR.
This dam holds back the water in the flooding. The marshy area to the east is mainly between 3-6ft deep and provides habitat for migratory waterfowl and hunting areas during duck and goose season in the fall.