W.K. Kellogg Forest has a unique quality that combines forestry research and in a setting that is also conducive to forest recreation.
Visitors to the Forest range from researchers who work on or come to view 150+ experimental plots, college students who come to learn and sharpen forestry skills, forest enthusiasts who attend specialized extension, in addition to the casual visitors whose interests range from adding their knowledge of forest management to those searching for a shady spot enjoy a picnic lunch.
Popular Forest Visitor Activites: hiking, picnicking, jogging, biking, horseback riding (bring your own horse), forest loop drive, walking your dog on a leash, bow hunting, cross country skiing, and trout fishing.
There are no alcoholic beverages allowed within the forest.
The gates will open every morning at 8:00 a.m. with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Easter Sunday.
Closing times will be as follows:
April 1-last Sunday October (daylight savings time): 8:00 p.m.
Last Monday in October-First Sunday in April: DUSK
Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The picnic grounds and parking area will always be open during the hours listed. The Lemmien Loop is open year round to foot traffic (e.g., hiking, jogging, dogs on a leash, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing). Horseback riding (trailer your own horse) is allowed on the Lemmien Loop in season -- from spring thaw to first snowfall -- from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowhunting at the forest will open October 1st. After signing in at the office, any licensed bowhunter may hunt deer from October 1 to January 1st. No firearms are allowed in the forest for the entire hunting season. All hunters must sign-in daily at the office and register their harvest. Special rules that apply to hunting will be posted at the sign-in area and are also available at the office.
If you have questions, please call: 269-731-4597.
Volunteers assist in projects ranging from guided tours to maple syrup production. Volunteer training sessions are held in the spring and fall, with separate sessions for open house events. Trained guides escort groups ranging in age from preschool children to senior citizens on the Tree Identification trail, maple syrup tours in the spring, and the new young children's trail: Forest Homes, Havens, and Hideaways. The Ruffed Grouse Habitat Trail is self-guided.
Tours focusing on the management of a Forestry Agricultural Experiment Station and it's specific research are conducted by a forester. Visiting groups in the agricultural field or from other countries, college classes, forest industry personnel and groups employed in related fields are interested in this type of presentation.
In-service activities for our volunteers have included winter tree identification classes, spring and fall wildflower walks, Christmas swag making workshop, as well as excursions to area attractions.
One of several sets of logging wheels in Michigan are housed at the Kellogg Forest. Twelve volunteers dedicated 2 ½ years of restoring the wheels which are more than 100 years old. The wheels have been prominently displayed at the forest as an important part of Michigan history since their completion in October 1993.
The forest manager is occasionally contacted by area individuals completing a service project. Some of these projects have included construction of a wheelchair ramp, water bars on steep trails, and tree identification signs on the gravel road and guided trails. Currently a group of area boy scouts is replacing a foot bridge over the Augusta Creek.
Volunteer opportunities are limitless. For tour reservations and further information, contact the Forest office at 269-731-4597.