Echo Lake

Marquette, Michigan

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As many times as I’ve visited Echo Lake, I still have the sense that the lake itself is unknowable. At its deepest point, the lake is 70 feet deep, which means that, roughly, a seven-story building could hide beneath its surface. I continue to find this fact fascinating. Often mergansers drift across the lake’s surface and if you’re here after dark, you may be lucky enough to hear wolves howling from somewhere nearby. Deer tracks dot the marshy areas on the north shore. Sugar maples, hemlock, and oak trees dominate the forest, and bedrock looms dramatically over and into the lake.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

As many times as I’ve visited Echo Lake, I still have the sense that the lake itself is unknowable. At its deepest point, the lake is 70 feet deep, which means that, roughly, a seven-story building could hide beneath its surface. I continue to find this fact fascinating.

Often mergansers drift across the lake’s surface and if you’re here after dark, you may be lucky enough to hear wolves howling from somewhere nearby. Deer tracks dot the marshy areas on the north shore. Sugar maples, hemlock, and oak trees dominate the forest, and bedrock looms dramatically over and into the lake.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marquette
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy, (906) 225-0399, www.nature.org
Local Maps: USGS Buckroe quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Echo Lake

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