Deer Island Lake

Watersmeet, Michigan

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Sylvania, with its 17,000 acres of virgin forest and thirty-six named lakes, is no stranger to savvy nature lovers. Most of those folks, though, enter the area from the north, paddling canoes. Few of Sylvania’s visitors know of the quiet footpath that enters from the southeast from Land O’Lakes. This 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 21.2-mile-long walking tour of old-growth forest and pristine lakes.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

Sylvania, with its 17,000 acres of virgin forest and thirty-six named lakes, is no stranger to savvy nature lovers. Most of those folks, though, enter the area from the north, paddling canoes. Few of Sylvania’s visitors know of the quiet footpath that enters from the southeast from Land O’Lakes.

This 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 21.2-mile-long walking tour of old-growth forest and pristine lakes.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Watersmeet
Distance: 21.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Sylvania Wilderness, (906) 358- 4404, www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa
Local Maps: USGS Black Oak Lake, Land O'Lakes
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Island Lake

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