About the Property
This property does not have a detailed Forest Reservation Guide map. All Forest Society reservations are open to the public; however, those without detailed Reservation Guide information may be difficult to locate and access due to lack of signage and parking. Unless you are comfortable navigating in the woods without trails or directional signage, you may wish to consider exploring one of the recommended properties nearby or any of our Featured Properties, which typically offer parking and a more detailed map.
Pickerel Cove is aptly named. This is a shallow water cove off the eastern shoreline of Highland Lake. Its shallow, warm waters are ideal pickerel habitat. It can be accessed by canoe or kayak from a put-in spot just north of the Highland Lake Marina (Shedd Road) on the eastern shore of Highland Lake. Near the marina is a foot path to Pickerel Cove that you can carry a kayak or canoe over to get to the water. To find the path walk up Powerline Road a bit and look for the trail on the right, just beyond the second house.
Pickerel Cove was once slated for a major condominium development, including dredging of the cove. Local opposition and an economic recession doomed the development plan, and the Forest Society and local citizens raised sufficient funds to acquire the property and add it to the adjoining 3,400 acre Peirce Reservation. We suspect the pickerel are pretty thankful.
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- No Motorized wheeled vehicles (ATVs, trucks, dirt bikes)
- Carry in, Carry out all trash