Deer Island Lake

Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin

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A quiet trail through one of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest. Loons on wilderness lakes. Sylvania, with its 17,000 acres of virgin forest and thirty-six named lakes, is no stranger to savvy Wisconsin nature lovers. Most of those folks, however, enter the area from the north, paddling canoes. Few of Sylvania’s visitors know of the quiet footpath that enters from Land O’Lakes. The trail quickly takes hikers into one of the most remote corners of the wilderness, the Deer Island Lake area. For ambitious hikers, that is just the beginning. If you continue walking northwest and round Clark Lake on its loop, you create a prime route. For a brief moment, at the north end of Clark Lake, there are some minor signs of civilization. Other than that this hike is a 21-mile-long walking tour of old growth forest and pristine lakes.
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Hiking Wisconsin

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

A quiet trail through one of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest. Loons on wilderness lakes. Sylvania, with its 17,000 acres of virgin forest and thirty-six named lakes, is no stranger to savvy Wisconsin nature lovers. Most of those folks, however, enter the area from the north, paddling canoes. Few of Sylvania’s visitors know of the quiet footpath that enters from Land O’Lakes.

The trail quickly takes hikers into one of the most remote corners of the wilderness, the Deer Island Lake area. For ambitious hikers, that is just the beginning. If you continue walking northwest and round Clark Lake on its loop, you create a prime route. For a brief moment, at the north end of Clark Lake, there are some minor signs of civilization. Other than that this hike is a 21-mile-long walking tour of old growth forest and pristine lakes.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Land O'Lakes
Distance: 21.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: May - October
Local Contacts: Sylvania USFS
Local Maps: USGS Black Oak Lake; Sylvania Wilderness Trail Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Island Lake

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