Red Lake and Indian River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A great blue heron stood near the access where pickerelweed, bulrush, and grasses crowd the shoreline. Along much of the lake’s southeastern side, extensive cliffs extend upward from the water 100 feet or more. Many areas drip with polypody fern, lichens, and thick moss. On the more exposed cliff faces, look for delicate, lavender bell-like flowers of harebell, which has become established in the tiniest of cracks. Scarlet cardinal flower—always a favorite—grows in rocky soil closer to the water. On less-steep banks, a diverse mix of conifer and deciduous trees— everything from northern white cedar to species usually found farther south, such as shagbark hickory and white oak—have taken hold. Hem- lock, white pine, paper birch, basswood, white ash, silver and sugar maples, and red oak also appear. High species diversity occurs here because it represents a transition between high-elevation Adirondacks and low-lying St. Lawrence floodplain. Habitat type: winding, slow-flowing river and shallow lake"