Portage Parks & Gardens
Portage's Bishop's Bog Preserve is the largest untouched bog in Southern Michigan, containing 152 acres of rare plants and animals. It is located in between Schrier and South Westhedge parks, with a trail contecting the three areas together. Wildlife is best viewed in the morning or evening and visitors are asked to stay on the train to avoid disturbing the sensitive lands.
Land and water activities are found at the Prairie View County Park. Visitors can access both Gourdneck and Hogsett lakes, which are used for fishing and have boat ramps to get into them. A swimming beach is located at Hogsett Lake, but no lifeguards are on duty. Scattered throughout the park grounds are picnic areas, scenic trails and play equipment.
Built to preserve the Portage Creek area, including the Celery Flats Interpretive Center, the Bicentennial Park also features hiking trails and contains several important historical structures, including an 1846 manor, a 1856 schoolhouse and a 1931 grain elevator.
West Lake Nature Preserve
Located beside West Lake, this nature preserve encompasses 110 acres of hiking trails, wetland areas, forested sections and a boradwalk that leads into a bog.
Ramona Park Beach
Situated beside Long Lake in Portage, Ramona Park Beach boasts a sandy swimming beach ideal for families to use on hot summer days. Also on the grounds are volleyball courts, soccer fields, picnic shelters, a fishing pier and playground equipment.
Located on the south side of Bishop's Bog Preserve, Schrier Park features hiking trails, playground equipement and picnic facilities. Many community events are held at this park, including the annual Apple Festival.
Lakeview Park welcomes people to fish off its piers in Austin Lake. The park also sports walkways that cross through wildflower meadows, picnic areas, playground equipment and sports facilities.
STEP Park is a small park containing a waterfall, pedestrian bridges and picnic pavilions.