Park Office; year round operation for all department sales and customer service. Clinton Marina; private enterprise; boat storage and sales; annual revenue to the department, approximately $25,000. Park day use areas; open fields picnicking, reserveable shelters, playgrounds and special event venue areas Campgrounds; 460 total sites; 240 sites with water and electricity, 220 as primitive sites, 15 sites available for reservation. Boat launch areas; 16 lanes, eight accessible courtesy docks and parking areas Special use amenities; 25 mile hike/bike trail, 5 mile cross country ski trail, 1 mile self-guided nature trail, archery range, swim beach, sand volleyball, 2 9-hole disc golf courses, 5 acre trout pond, 1 acre childrens fishing pond, accessible shoreline use trail, fish cleaning station and 2 fish feeders, 4 playgrounds
Our first visit to Clinton Lake on the blue trail was good! The trail was well marked with blue blazes and very well kept. Single lane, well worn hiking and biking path, up hills and down hills, beautiful views of the water, squirrels, ducks, falling leaves and lots of hikers, runners and bikers throughout our 8 mile hike. Not overly crowded. The blue trail is not looping unless you venture on a more technical white trail. We opted on our first trek to stay on the blue trail up to 4 miles and turning back giving us our goal of 8 miles. We will be back and decided it could easily be a solo hike. Some trails feel more secure with a buddy but this trail is well marked.
I really liked this trail! Wooded views, Lake views, open fields, and some really serene camp sites. I would definitely camp here. Only passed a few other hikers, which was nice because I was looking for a nice alone hike. Definitely will be back.
Great trail and not very crowded on a perfect Friday night in September.
There are several campsites at the trailhead that I saw a few families setting up at before I jumped onto the trail. The front and back ends of the trail are well-maintained and heavily traveled. The center of the trail was clearly less traveled and overgrown, definitely wear pants.
This is a mostly wooded trail with a couple stints along a prairie and a few openings to the lake. Overall it was an easy trail to hike. There were several areas with loose rock and slopes that could trip you up if you weren’t paying attention. A couple benches are placed along the trail with views of the lake.
There were about 15 campsites with fire rings that were all well-maintained along the trail itself. A majority of those campsites were placed within the first mile or so. There's a long stretch without any campsites in the middle of the trail and there were only a couple sites on the tail end of the trail.
All the camps are clearly marked. My favorite was campsite #5, a large flat site about a half mile from the trailhead with two fire rings, log benches, direct access to the lakeshore - with a perfect view of the sunrise - and trees perfectly spaced for my hammock.
I only saw two groups while on the trail and camping overnight. The first, a couple with their pup who set up a couple sites down, and the other, a group of boy scouts on their way in.
Overall great trail with a selection of well-maintained campsites and views of Clinton Lake. Would recommend.
Noëlle O. on clinton lake north shore trails
It's a nice trail when you do not have a lot of time but still want to get out for a bit!
We use this trail in the spring to get back in shape we load are packs and hike the trail to show us how far out of shape we are with a 30lb pack. It is a great place to start getting ready for longer trails it has some nice views of the lake the trail is well marked there is camping along the trail and there is water at the trail head. we are in our late fifties and like the loop. if we want to camp we hike the trail then do it again to pick a place to set up camp