The east and west branches of the St. Joseph River converge on this preserve, which was purchased by the Conservancy in 2019.
The 140-acre property contains more than a mile of the St. Joseph River and features an extensive complex of high-quality wetlands, believed to support a population of the federally Threatened Copperbelly Water Snake.
In 2021, the Conservancy completed a large-scale restoration of this property with funding from ODNR through the H2Ohio program. The restoration project returned former farm fields surrounding the property’s core habitat to natural areas including wetlands, that support cleaner water and expand wildlife habitat.
The preserve is open to limited public access for hiking and wildlife observation. Contact Melanie Coulter for permission to visit the St. Joseph River Confluence Preserve.