The Fred Wilder Observation Deck is named after a gentleman who has made the progress of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve possible. Fred Wilder is the father of the Preserve. The Observation Deck was constructed during the year 2002 and was dedicated October 18. The Funds were provided by the Dana Corporation and the Herman Miller Foundation. The work was provided by many volunteers who spent many hours on the construction.
In 2011 the observation deck was burned down, but was rebuilt through a generous donation and insurace.