Binder Park Zoo of Calhoun County, Michigan
Photo: © Phil Seng
1.7 miles long.
From I-94 in Battle Creek, take Exit 100 (Beadle Lake Road.) Travel south on Beadle Lake Road about 3 miles to the zoo entrance on the right. Located at 7400 Division Drive.
Zoos generally are not included in the Michigan Wildlife Viewing Guide because the focus of this book is on native, free-roaming wildlife. However, Binder Park offers more than animal exhibits. Fewer than 100 of the park’s 405 acres have been developed as a traditional zoo. The remainder consists of forests, fields, and an extensive wetland area. Trails that traverse these areas allow visitors to experience the native wildlife in natural habitats, including a rare prairie fen. Visitors can experience Wild Africa by riding the wilderness tram or walking along trails of natural forest. Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Zoo is open April 23 through October 5.
In the forested areas, look for white-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and songbirds. The lucky hiker may spy Fowler’s toads from spring through fall. Look for pileated woodpeckers, barred owls, and twenty different migrating warblers, which can be seen with some effort during the same time frame. In the wetland, there is a high probability of viewing muskrats, Canada geese, mallards, great blue herons, northern water snakes, and painted turtles. The painted turtle is Michigan’s most common turtle, and may be seen basking on rocks and floating logs throughout the state.
Facilities and Opportunities:
- Restaurant – Same hours of operation as the zoo.
- Restrooms – 2 buildings located within the park but outside the zoo, and 3 others within the zoo.
- Trails – All trails are self-guided. One trail is located within the park and four within the zoo.
- Picnic – Four shelters with combined seating for 1,250 people. Reservations are possible.
- Visitor Center – Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
- Drinking Water – Located at all restroom buildings.
- Entry Fee – Call for rates. (269) 979-1351
- Cross-country Skiing – Three trails.
- Barrier Free – The zoo is 100% accessible.
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Permission and information sources are from Contributers to this Web Site, the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan.gov, National Park Service,
and the USDA Forest Service.