Looking for a great trail in Island Lake Recreation Area, Michigan? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Island Lake Recreation Area ranging from 3 to 8.7 miles and from 869 to 944 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Just rode this trail. It's in very good shape, well maintained.

It was a great trail, but there needs to be more warning from the bikers. I have no problem moving aside, if given enough time. Half the time we didn’t know anyone was there until they were directly behind us. Share the trail.

Really liked this trail, but a lot of bikers. Some followed the trail sharing rules by announcing their approach (“two coming on the left”) which works great=exactly how it is supposed to work. However a lot of bikers sneak up without announcing their approach or making any noise. Hey bikers, lets make trail experience great for all by sharing the trail.

mountain biking
washed out
14 days ago

hiking
bugs
22 days ago

Overall really great trail! Will be back. Just bring some bug spray. Luckily all the bugs went after my poor pup! ;)

It is a beautiful route for bicycles. We got out of the way because we were afraid to be with bicycles.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Astonishing view of two lakes, some wild flowers , butterflies. Want to invite more friends come back soon

hiking
bugs
closed
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

Most of this trail is closed

hiking
blowdown
over grown
2 months ago

This trail is very confusing if you haven't hiked it before. It would switch between other trails so you wouldn't know where you were unless you found a sign. It also had many sections where there wasn't a clear path because grass, weeds and other plant life had overgrown around it. I had to walk through weeds that touched my shoulder and tripped several times. It would be a beautiful trail if it was just maintained a bit better.

This was a fun trail for the most part. It had many mountain bikers that took up most of the trail. There are also TONS of mosquitos and other insects on this trail, you would need to wear long sleeves and pants (at least in the summer time).

mostly closed so not a great trail. scenery is great and everything was beautiful but we did have to wing it due to active mining.

mountain biking
2 months ago

A smooth, fun, easygoing ~9ish mile ride through the woods. I used this ride to break in my new bike and get a feel for it and it was perfect! There are lots of flat straightaways to get your speed up, and not many technical sections. The lack of signage between the blue and yellow trails can be a bit frustrating but it never takes more than a couple minutes of looking to find your way!

Wow! Great Single Track multi-use trail. My wife and I wanted to go on a longer than usual trail...and this one kicked our buts! Distance says 8.7 but it was more like 9.5 miles. We came across several mountain bikers and a hand full of trail runners. Make sure you are going on the opposite direction of the MTBikers. This trail is moderately technical with steep declines, sharp corners, and blind spots so those bikers can FLY through some spots but overall they were alert and respectful to us! AWESOME AWESOME trail if your looking for a good workout and hike for some distance! PLUS/BONUS: there are plenty of lakes to cool off in afterwards and a river for your dog to cool of in throughout the hike!

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with moderate inclines. Even saw a weasel! I gave the trail 3 stars only because this is a multi use trail which meant lots of mountain bikers. The trail gets very narrow in certain areas making it impossible for both hiker and mountain biker to share. I spent most of my hike watching for bikers, avoiding getting run over.

running
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Great trail, easy run with a few good climbs! Wet and muddy, very scenic!! #RunMichigan #DirtBag

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Nice trail. The yellow loop has more hills and doesn’t have as many road sections.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is nice for the most part. It’s not heavily trafficked. There is a commercial building near trout lake but the lake is spring fed and really clear. I’ve taken my dogs for a swim several times. Word of warning, there are small stumps along the trail. I’ve fallen a few times and broke my elbow on the last fall. Not an easy trek back to my car with my dogs after that. I’m still not 100% and need a second surgery.

Good trail moderate incline. Only negative thing I have to say is almost got ran down by some guy mountain biking.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

13.6 miles of hiking fun

running
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

Amazing run! Great trail with some decent climbs for what it is! A little slick in the rain but a really fun course! #RunMichigan #Dirtbag

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