Fish Creek Loops Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Floodwood’s narrow western end, with an abandoned railway bed on the north, also has a few vacation houses along the shore—the only ones you will encounter on this trip. As with most ponds here, it has a fairly sandy bottom and not too many rocks. The shoreline’s thick understory makes landing a canoe just anywhere out of the question, though the woods opens up as it rises from the water. Hemlock, white pine, yellow birch, white birch, beech, and sugar maple predominate. Because the area has not been logged for more than 100 years, some hemlock has grown to huge size. Red pine and hemlock—both providing an open, accessible forest floor—dominate Floodwood’s large island, with campsites and outhouses scattered about. When we camped here, merlins nested in one of the island’s tall pines. Their cries advertised their presence many times during our two-night stay. This relatively rare falcon looks very much like a peregrine, but about half the size—just slightly larger than a more common falcon, the kestrel. We watched with binoculars as one devoured a small rodent 50 feet up on a dead snag. Habitat type: small ponds, some connected by streams, surrounded by forest"