Island Lake Recreation Area has one of the nation's safest shooting ranges. The park has great canoeing, volley ball courts, picnic shelters, swimming and cabins to rent.

Nice hike to hidden swimming lake.

on Yellow Trail Loop

hiking
19 days ago

So many bikers but it is July 4th so I guess a crowd at the parks is to be expected. Be cautious as you hike, as there are a few narrow and winding sections of trail. Sorry to the guy that fell off his bike as he stopped to avoid hitting me! Most bikers were nice enough to say how many were behind them.

hiking
19 days ago

beautiful land but far too many bikes to make for an enjoyable walk with the dogs. have to be on high alert 100% of the time watching for them around tight corners.

hiking
26 days ago

It was a great hike even on a warm summer afternoon. Very few mosquitos right now. The trail is not very wide and there are lots of mountain bikers, so hikers be alert. There is the occasional low hanging branch, but other than that, the trail is well maintained.

Impressive little wooded trail. I expected it to run alongside the road but didn't. Saw a couple deer & plenty of squirrel. The lake views are nice at sunset with plenty of beach and overlook areas, if you choose to stop. The latter part of the trail seems to be used less... but never really encountered much activity when I've been there. Pines, lakes, hardwoods, a little more fun terrain at the end. Nice loop.

How long does this usually take to hike?

hiking
2 months ago

Well-maintained sandy trail, narrow at times with a few hills sprinkled in! A lot of mountain bikers, who are courteous and some you can run into a few times due to the nature of the course, and a few like-minded hikers and runners. Make sure you walk against the bikers for safety reasons.

Fun hike! Woodsier than Kensington trails

Nice trails year round

Island Lake Recreation Area is beautiful. Kayaking feels like you're up north (when you get out of distance of the shooting range anyway). Hiking is gorgeous with lots of elevation, sweeping views, and huge sand dunes to climb and go down. Who knew there were big sand dunes in SE Mich? For the best hike, park in the Spring Mill Pond parking lot and then find the bike/hike trails south and east of the parking lot. There's also an awesome little secluded pond you can swim in with sandy banks.

trail running
4 months ago

Great for running, but could be better marked.

trail running
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails to train on. There is some great elevation as well as a few technical spots.

Nice little hike for training.

trail running
7 months ago

nice trail for running. lots of lake virtues and not too many hills. really pretty in the fall. ran on a Saturday at 1:00 PM and only saw a few people.

will be back for more fun.

hiking
9 months ago

A beautiful trail - fantastic autumn colors. I love most of this trail (some of it along East Grand River Rd. isn't that awesome) - one of the prettiest hiking trails in SE Michigan. There are many bikes, I think 7 passed me. All but one were very polite and gave me plenty of warning that they were approaching. A couple don't miss spots: near mile 1, take the dirt path that runs closer to the river, and, after crossing the Huron the 2nd time and turning away from Kensington Rd, take the short side path into the pine grove, great place to take a break and have a snack (both are marked on the track I uploaded). The woods are pretty and river views are wonderful.

I hike this trail . Today was really hot . I was able to 13.6 miles . I enjoy it . I didn't use the trail App to record all my activities .

hiking
10 months ago

Be careful when you get near Island Lake, the trail goes right along the edge of the lake and if its wet or icy you could slide into the water. It's shallow, but still, not a way you want to finish off your hike. When there is snow/ice I skip that section and instead walk between the paved trail and the treeline along the lake.

How are the trails today after yesterday's rain?

mountain biking
11 months ago

Nice trail for a beginner it has some challenges but if you have the stamina they're easily handled.

My boyfriend and I did half of the blue trail last Saturday; would definitely go back to check out the rest of the trails! Also had a chance to view the meteor shower up on a hill overlooking Spring Mill Pond. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great trails. It's been a few years since we've been here and had forgotten what a great trail this is. It's a fast trail with plenty of straight always and a few fairly easy climbs. Awesome plase to come and spin your legs, also great place for beginners to experience the sport.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice loop featuring a pair of lakes. On the harder side of easy due to the length; the terrain is fairly flat. Sounds of civilization (shooting range, road noise) are all around. Trail maintenance was fairly good overall, but parts of the trail will need to be cleared again in the near future. Also, trail intersections are identified by letters A through I, but not all identifying signs have been erected yet. Overall, still a work in progress, but a nice loop.

had a wonderful time.

mountain biking
11 months ago

After transitioning from road to trails, I find my second visit not devoid of interesting challenges. I'm working through them with each visit but find difficult to master the long technical inclines. I look forward to each visit.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

I hike the blue loop every so often ( i usually stick with the yellow because of time restraints). If anyone has hiked or biked the blue trail, have you seen the VW bug in the woods? I am trying to get a history of that car and how it got there. if you have any info please let me know. Thank you.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I Like the Yellow Trail because it is less technical then Maybury State Park Mt Bike Trail, and it feels like a faster ride.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

A nice, easy trail in Island Lake Recreation area that is ***hiking only***! No mountain bikes. Much of it is a pleasant walk in deciduous and evergreen woods. Other than the paved section around Trout Lake, there are few other hikers. Nice trail for SE Michigan, only slightly marred by the noise from the shooting range along parts of the trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

There were a few parts that were not marked well. Near the end "two-way" traffic signs popped up and I ended up missing about 4+miles. The blue connects to the yellow if you're trying to get the full trail FYI.

trail running
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great trail. Not as technical as Poto but a great variety of terrain. Great water at the trail head parking.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

For those interested in mountain biking, Island Lake offers 2 trails: Blue Trail at 9.5 miles and Yellow Trail at 5.6 miles. Both trails difficulties are about the same, they are moderate and not too difficult. My wife has just started mountain biking and the two of us did the Blue one in 1 hour and 25 minutes. I then did the Yellow one in 45 minutes. There are only a few difficult parts. The trail is simply gorgeous, going though wooded areas with many waterways. You can see one of the lakes from one part. There are pit toilets at the entrance to the trails. The only negative about both trails are that not all turns have signs. They are actually somewhat confusing in a couple of areas where you have to travel on the park road and then get back on the trail. I highly recommend having the Alltrails app on your iPhone. I used it a couple of times to get back on the trail.

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