Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail

Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

Distance17.0mi
Elevation Gain2,540ft
Trailhead Elevation762ft
Top824ft
Elevation Min/Max588/824ft
Elevation Start/End762/762ft

Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail

Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Delta County, Michigan. It is within Hiawatha National Forest. It is 17.0 miles long and begins at 762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,540 feet. The Bay de Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trailhead information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parking, a water well, and an information board. The Big Pines Overlook viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands and a bench along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Poplar Lake Road.

Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a straightforward hike on well-marked and age-worn trails. The complete trail, 40 miles long, stretches from Rapid River to M-94, near Munising. Running parallel to the Whitefish River, the trail recreates a portage route used by the Algonquian Noquet tribes traveling between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Later, early European fur traders and loggers used the trail until a road was constructed. In some places, the centuries of use are evident in the deeply worn trail."

"A historic trail across the narrow waist of the Upper Peninsula, from Lake Michigan's north shore to Lake Superior.
The trail shadows the Whitefish River for nearly half the distance, offering great views of the river valley and the countryside to the west of it.

Hikers will encounter a large number of sandy county roads, so a good map is essential for navigating. Footing is generally good, but be prepared to deal with watery crossing points. Special attractions: Whitefish River valley views, glacial terrain, wildflowers; wildlife, stream fishing."

Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail Reviews

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4/9/2001
This is a fairly easy trail crossing from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior at one of the UP's narrower sections. This trail is fairly easy to follow but it can be a little soggy at times. There is a lot of thick forests (primarily hardwoods with sections of Hemlock, cedar, etc..)in this region so views are often limited. Although this trail is long it is possible to finish it in 3 days of moderate hiking. I find it fascinating how the terrain subtly changes as one crosses from the Lake Michigan watershed to the Lake Superior watershed. There are a few decent fishing opportunities along the way and a few decent side hikes as well. On the Southern end of the trail consider a trip to the UP's banana belt in the Garden Pennisula. On the Northern end Grand Island and pictured rocks are great places to hike. The satandard "watch out for Black Bears and Mosquitoes" warning applies here. I think most locals agree the mosquitoes are much more dangerous!
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5/14/1992
This was one of the best backpacking trips I have ever done. I did the walk during spring. Not a bad time at all to be in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula woods. The whitetail deer were very active after migrating back from their winter shelters in the cedar swamps. They were everywhere and it was great to see so many of them. The trail was wet, but I found the creeks to be a welcome source of drinking water…after running the water through my filtration system. My camps were at Bill’s Creek, Haymeadow Creek, and Middle Trailhead. The distance between Middle Trailhead and Ackerman Lake at the northern trailhead was 19 miles. Long day but not difficult. Car spotting is easy for this trail using County Road 509......... Call the Munising Ranger District, Hiawatha National Forest, 906-387-2512 for information on the trail and other opportunities on Lake Superior. Call the Rapid River Ranger District, Hiawatha National Forest, 906-474-6442 for information on the trail and other opportunities on northern Lake Michigan. As a special note: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore begins near Munising, offering 43 miles of linear trail along some truly breathtaking vistas. Pictured Rocks Trail is part of the famed North Country Trail and is one of the biggest attractions along it’s entire length.
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Trail Information

Hiawatha National Forest
Nearby City
Hiawatha National Forest
Parks
Hiawatha National Forest, (906) 786-4062, www.fs.usda.gov/hiawatha
Local Contacts
USGS Rapid River quad
Local Maps

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Sep 2018