Oden Island, located south of the village of Oden, juts out into Crooked Lake and is the home to large old-growth trees and fragile wetlands.
When a developer proposed crowding 34 homes on the east half of the island, the Conservancy orchestrated a response in 2000 that included an outpouring of support and donations from communities and families to protect the natural side of the island.
The size was increased from 196 acres to more than 2,200 when adjoining Tobico Marsh was added.
The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center was built, the campground improved and, most important, a new beach and swimming was created.
Phone: (231) 331-4643 Region: Heartland Tucked away on the east side of Alden, oblivious to most visitors who are mesmerized by Torch Lake to the west of town, is a small mountain with a short but interesting trail system.