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An extraordinary hike on the Clark Lake Recreation Trail | Land O' Lakes WI

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An extraordinary hike on the Clark Lake Recreation Trail

A trail in the Sylvania Wilderness Area offers a wild and beautiful taste of the Northwoods. The Clark Lake Recreation Trail is an 8-mile loop that traces the shore of Clark Lake, taking nature lovers deep into the heart of a wilderness that has attracted generations of nature lovers. With the fall season beginning to paint the forest breathtaking shades of red, orange and yellow, there is no better time to explore this magical landscape.

To start your hike, park your vehicle in the lot near the lake’s north shore. The trail will be relatively easy to follow, but it’s a good idea to pick up a map at the Entrance Station on the way in.

The hike is a loop, so you can hike either direction and find your way back. Heading west on the trail, you’ll pass Clark Lake’s natural sand beach, a popular summer picnicking area for families. Continue hiking south and you’ll skirt the lake’s west shore. You’ll pass a few backcountry campsites along the way and likely encounter some wildlife. Deer, porcupines, and eagles are all frequently spotted on the trail.

Eventually, the trail will veer away from Clark Lake and connect to a trail that leads to Whitefish Lake, another pristine wilderness lake. It’s a beautiful side trip for those who want to explore more.

Continuing on the Clark Lake Trail, you’ll head east and return to the shore of Clark Lake. The trail winds north, passing a number of wilderness campsites before returning to the trailhead.

Learn more about hiking in Land O’ Lakes.

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