Clark Lake

Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin

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One of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest and a quiet, non-motorized lake. When hikers stand at the north end of Clark Lake, with its picnic area and boat ramp, they could easily imagine they were at any one of a number of northern lakes. By the time they arrive at the south end of the lake, though, it is obvious they are someplace special, the core of a wilderness area sheltering 17,000 acres of virgin forest. Paul Bunyan’s ax swung hard and wide across our northern forests in the late 1800s, leaving few trees standing. Sylvania is one of the few places that escaped that onslaught, and this hike takes you through notable old growth stands of virgin hemlock, sugar maple, and white pine. Two-hundred-year-old trees are common; a few hardy specimens are 400 years old.
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Hiking Wisconsin

by Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)

One of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest and a quiet, non-motorized lake. When hikers stand at the north end of Clark Lake, with its picnic area and boat ramp, they could easily imagine they were at any one of a number of northern lakes.

By the time they arrive at the south end of the lake, though, it is obvious they are someplace special, the core of a wilderness area sheltering 17,000 acres of virgin forest. Paul Bunyan’s ax swung hard and wide across our northern forests in the late 1800s, leaving few trees standing. Sylvania is one of the few places that escaped that onslaught, and this hike takes you through notable old growth stands of virgin hemlock, sugar maple, and white pine. Two-hundred-year-old trees are common; a few hardy specimens are 400 years old.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Land O'Lakes
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: April - October
Local Contacts: Sylvania Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Black Oak Lake; Sylvania Wilderness Trail Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Clark Lake

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