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Clark Lake Trail

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Clark Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile loop trail located near Watersmeet, Michigan that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles
314 feet

dogs on leash


trail running





6 months ago

The lake itself is pretty, but trail finding was challenging due to a number of downed trees and muddy sections.

8 months ago

There are some beautiful views but I wish they had some trail markings. There were a few blazes but some confusing areas - especially if you want to take a side trip to one of the other lakes. There were a ridiculous number of downed trees across the trail. I would say it's moderate but more towards the moderate/challenging end.
The backcountry campsites are nice. I stayed at Badger and Maple and both had fire rings and downed trees arranged as seats. There are wilderness latrines.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I've been hiking this trail for several years during the summer and fall months. The mosquitoes can be brutal in July although a brisk westerly wind helped one year. Late September and early October allow for beautiful fall color and no bugs! The old growth forest is amazing and the views of the lake are wonderful. Loons and bald eagles can be seen during the summer.

paddle sports
Friday, September 22, 2017

My first trip here is what got me hooked on wilderness camping. Both the canoe camping and hiking into a campsite were well worth the minimal effort. The old growth forest is stunning, and it is hard to beat paddling by a loon on a silent clear lake while passing over a big old downed tree resting on the floor of the lake.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Extremely beautiful and very wild. Expect to witness quite a lot of wildlife regardless of your activities. Great bird watching, lots of porcupines, I even encountered a few wolves on occasion. On that note, keep your dogs on a leash-for their safety! If you need a place to stay and camping is not an option, check out Wilderness Bay Resort nearby (relatively).

paddle sports
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Canoe-portage-fishing all excellent. I drive 3.5 hours at least twice a year to experience this place. Wilderness is beautiful. Highly recommend checking with Bob @ Sylvania Outfitters. Very knowledgeable about the entire region.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017