White Deer Lake

Champion, Michigan

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Decorating the broad swath of forest is a mosaic of sparkling lakes, clear-running streams, and rock outcrops. A few miles of trails penetrate the remote interior of this 16,000-acre wilderness. Begin your hike by walking east from the trailhead on the White Deer Lake Trail, immediately crossing a sturdy bridge over the Peshekee River. The trail follows the old road, now overgrown in spots, which went to the McCormick family lodge at White Deer Lake. Once past the Peshekee the trail turns north, running through a scrubby stretch, and then threads its way between a cliffy headland and the marshy waters of Baraga Creek.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)

Decorating the broad swath of forest is a mosaic of sparkling lakes, clear-running streams, and rock outcrops. A few miles of trails penetrate the remote interior of this 16,000-acre wilderness.

Begin your hike by walking east from the trailhead on the White Deer Lake Trail, immediately crossing a sturdy bridge over the Peshekee River. The trail follows the old road, now overgrown in spots, which went to the McCormick family lodge at White Deer Lake.

Once past the Peshekee the trail turns north, running through a scrubby stretch, and then threads its way between a cliffy headland and the marshy waters of Baraga Creek.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Champion
Distance: 7.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Ottawa National Forest, (906) 852-3500, www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa
Local Maps: USGS Summit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to White Deer Lake

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