Clark Lake Recreation Trail
Discover a magnificent old-growth forest
There are places near Land O’ Lakes where the lumbermen of the 1800s never camped and saws never touched wood. They not only provide dramatic scenery; they give visitors a chance to experience what the wilderness was like hundreds, or thousands of years ago. The beautiful Lakeshore Hiking Trail is a gateway to the wilds of the 21,000-acre Sylvania Wilderness Area, located just north of Land O’ Lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lace up your boots and be prepared for a gorgeous hike.
The 8-mile trail traces the shore of Clark Lake, a pristine 820-acre lake that has a beautiful natural sand beach. The trail will take you through a wilderness untouched by development, passing through wetlands and a stand of virgin northern hardwoods, hemlock and cedar trees. The trail connects to several other wilderness trails that provide access to the park’s 34 named lakes. The park features numerous places that are great for paddling, swimming and backcountry skiing. Auto and backcountry camping is available at the park. The trails are easily followed but not all are well-marked, so be sure to bring a map along. To get to the trail, head west out of Land O’ Lakes 8.7 miles to Thousand Island Lake Road. Turn right and head north for 4.4 miles. The road will turn right. Head north for 5.2 miles. The U.S. Forest Service entrance will be on the right. You’ll find plenty of parking near the trailhead. Take a few steps in the forest and you’ll see why the lumbermen protected this place.
Address: E23979 U.S. Highway 2 East, Watersmeet, MI 49969