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Best trails in Island Lake Recreation Area

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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 9 miles and from 869 to 948 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Island Lake Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
4,000 acres
Contact
(810) 229-7067
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Top trails (7)
#1 - Island Lake Yellow Trail Loop
Island Lake Recreation Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(407)
Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Note: the trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers so users recommend hiking in the opposite direction of the bike traffic. If you are biking please do signal your presence ahead of time. There is a fee for residents of $11 per year for a recreation passport. For non-resident the fee is of $9/daily and $31/per year. Show more
#2 - Hickory Ridge Trail
Island Lake Recreation Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(252)
Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
This trail is on the opposite side of Kensington Rd. from the Blue/Yellow mountain bike trails and is for hikers only - no Mtbs. It is a very easy trail. One downside is for much of the trail along the river the primary sound is from the shooting range. The part around Trout Lake is paved, but the rest is natural. Going clockwise from the parking lot area, the first part of the trail, along the river and then back towards Trout Lake, is mostly deciduous trees. If, after going about 3/4 of the way around Trout Lake, you take the first cutoff to the left and go up and across the park road, you return toward the parking lot in an evergreen wood, making a nice mixture of Michigan woods in one short hike.Show more
#3 - Island Lake Blue and Yellow Trail Loop
Island Lake Recreation Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(187)
Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
Island State Park has two bike trails: blue (longer) and yellow (shorter). This is the yellow. Easy/ moderate difficulty. Quick & fun. Trail allows for a quick speed. Has a few log piles. Has some sandy parts. If its been raining a lot a small section will be flooded but it's not bad. Fees: Resident: $11 annual recreation passport. Non-resident: $9/daily, $31/per year Show more
#4 - Island Lake Blue Trail Loop
Island Lake Recreation Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(149)
Length: 9 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Fees: Resident: $11 annual recreation passport. Non-resident: $9/daily, $31/per yearShow more
#5 - Island Lake Badlands and Black Trails Loop
Island Lake Recreation Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(30)
Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
The "Black" loop, also called the "Badlands" by some, is in an area that was a gravel mine until the 1980s, then abandoned without reclamation. There are lots of spoils piles - small sand and gravel hills - and little ponds. Trails criss-cross the area. Reclamation work started Summer 2018 and will slowly transform the area into a prairie, wiping out the current hills and trails. The entire eastern end of the Badlands/Black trail system has been eliminated or is blocked off by reclamation and the related sand mining operation as of April 2019. There is currently no eastern connection between the Blue Trail and the Badlands; the only connection is in the Spring Mill Pond area.Show more
#6 - Trout Lake Loop
Island Lake Recreation Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(33)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#7 - Huron River Kayak Route
Island Lake Recreation Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(7)
Length: 7.5 mi
Please note that this is a kayaking/canoeing route, not a hiking trail.Show more