Previously a seasonal retreat for camping and recreational vehicles, this preserve is now a year-round haven for people and wildlife. Visitors enjoy trails, picnicking, bird watching and nature observation. Century-old oak trees that rise above two scenic lakes, and woodlands, wetlands and marshes offer plentiful habitat for wildlife.
Hike, bicycle or cross-country ski along 3 miles of trails circling the lakes and adjoining woodlands. The preserve trail joins the public sidewalk to the north across Nippersink Road offering access to surrounding communities. Also features a bridge, boardwalk and scenic overlooks. A short woodchip trail winds through open oak groves.
Extensive shoreline restoration efforts and improved fish habitats make Nippersink a great place to fish. Anglers can fish from shore or from two handicapped-accessible fishing piers. The lakes and streams are open only for catch-and-release fishing. Live bait is permitted. Please use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks.
The preserve also features five picnic shelters, four of which can be reserved for special outings. Gatherings of more than 25 people require a permit.
Other amenities include a boardwalk, scenic overlooks, drinking fountains, toilets and parking areas.
Public access improvements at this preserve were financed in part by funds from the voter-approved 2000 Bond Referendum.