Moose Lake, Ski Hill Shelter, Sergeant Lake Loop via Batka Lake Trail Head

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Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Moose Lake, Ski Hill Shelter, Sergeant Lake Loop via Batka Lake Trail Head is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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First off, welcome to Black Bear Country, so pack your bear spray. The Batka Lake Trailhead is located right on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border with the Eastern third of the lake being located in West Central Manitoba and the western two thirds are located in East Central Saskatchewan and represents the southern limit of the boreal forest, in its transition zone to aspen parkland. To get to the Trail head from Highway 57 take your first left after the Madge Lake Golf Course, this road will be clearly marked with a sign for Batka Lake and Duck Mountain Ski Resort. Take this gravel road for 3 km and take the 2nd right into the Batka Lake Campground. This 11.3 km long trail loop is apart of a year round accessible trail system that is typically used for cross country skiing in the winter months. This trail features a rolling terrain through a forest of white spruce, black spruce, tamarack larch, trembling aspen, balsam poplar, and paper birch dotted with plenty of underground spring fed lakes, creeks, fens and sloughs. This is a trail for mid level hikers looking for a challenging day trip with 261 meters of elevation gain with this trail's highest point reaching 698 m above sea level. A cool hidden gem on this trail is that there are two year round shelter cabins large enough to sleep 2-3 people located at Moose Lake and at the Junction of Ski Hill and Puddle Lake trails. Both shelters are equipped with an outdoor toilet, wood stove, firewood, books, canned food and basic survival tools to be used if needed but I would still recommend packing your own food as you may run the risk of arriving at one of the shelters before it could be restocked after it's last visitors. Remember to pack out with you pack in so do not leave your garbage in or around the shelter as this will attract bears and other wildlife to the area. There is no drinking water available at the shelters so remember to pack at least 3L of water per person if you are planning to do any cooking while visiting these shelters. There are fish located in both Batka and Moose Lake so pack your fishing gear including a fillet knife. Burbot, White Sucker, Northern Pike, Perch and Walleye are located in both Batka and Moose Lakes. This area of the park is also home to Loons, Canada Geese, Woodpeckers, Porcupines, Bobcats, Black Bears, Beavers, White Tail Deer, Elk, Lynx, Coyote and Timberwolves. Best time of year to complete this loop is in Late Spring/Early Summer (May/June) as there are less bugs due to he cool weather and the forest will almost entirely in full boom but the weather won't be overwhelmingly warm and humid as it tend to get on the South Side of the Duck Mountains in July and August.

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Brad Smorodin
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Chris Love
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Awesome

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Leo Liendo
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Arriving at Moose Lake shelter was a great treat. Wonderful peninsula where you can enjoy a nice break. The cabin and outhouse are very well maintained. We hiked august 26 and there were no bugs. Beautiful place and sounds.

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Kasandra Wollis
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Overgrown and buggy. Wet and mucky in a few spots.

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Jenna Niebergall
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The trail was overgrown and a bit challenging for mountain biking. However, the views at the Moose Lake Ski Shelter were a 10/10. Amazing!!!

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Melissa Brass
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Brandon Eskra
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Trail was clear and well maintained

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Dylan Toffan
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Marc Holt
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Geoff Gray
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Arnel Eguaras
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Gabrielle Caswell
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Alisa Everett
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Amanda Roden
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Steven Schneider
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