Clark Lake Loop

Watersmeet, Michigan 49969

Clark Lake Loop

Clark Lake Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"When hikers stand at the north end of Clark Lake, with its picnic area and boat ramp, they could easily imagine they were at any one of a number of northern lakes. By the time they arrive at the south end of the lake however, it is obvious they are someplace special--the core of a wilderness area sheltering 17,000 acres of virgin forest.

Begin your circuit of Clark Lake on the southeast corner of the boat ramp parking lot where a sign indicates the beginning of the Clark Lake Trail. Follow the trail southeast as it skirts the shoreline, rounding bays and cutting across piney peninsulas. After a little more than a mile, it ducks inland to make its way around aptly named Golden Silence Lake, a placid pond."

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Hiking Wisconsin (Falcon Guides)
Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski
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"One of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest and a quiet, non-motorized lake. When hikers stand at the north end of Clark Lake, with its picnic area and boat ramp, they could easily imagine they were at any one of a number of northern lakes. By the time they arrive at the south end of the lake, though, it is obvious they are someplace special, the core of a wilderness area sheltering 17,000 acres of virgin forest. Paul Bunyan’s ax swung hard and wide across our northern forests in the late 1800s, leaving few trees standing. Sylvania is one of the few places that escaped that onslaught, and this hike takes you through notable old growth stands of virgin hemlock, sugar maple, and white pine. Two-hundred-year-old trees are common; a few hardy specimens are 400 years old."

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Trail Information

Watersmeet
Nearby City
7.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Best May through October
Season
Sylvania Wilderness, (906) 358- 4404, www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa
Local Contacts
USGS Black Oak Lake
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