Ely Lake to Swan Creek Pond South

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Ely Lake to Swan Creek Pond South is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allegan, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

old growth

  • North Swan Creek Parking Lot
    Head towards Swan Creek from parking lot and take the trail counter clockwise. About 4.6 miles and takes around 2 hours
    42.55283, -85.97900
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
    4590 118th Ave, Allegan, MI 49010 Can park here for ski trails or can walk 1/2 mile east to start South Swan Creek Pond Loop.
    42.54922, -85.99411
  • South Swan Creek Pond Parking Lot
    South Swan Creek Pond Loop – 4.79 miles and takes about 2 hours. Head down hill towards Swan Creek Pond to start hike. Hike at bottom of hill to the left is very short and ends soon. Hike at bottom of the hill to the right travels clockwise around South Swan Creek.
    42.55194, -85.97978
  • Ely Lake Campground
    Parking here for all trails heading from Ely Lake Campground. Ely Lake Campground Loop – 1.08 miles Ely Lake Campground Beach to Little Tom Lake Small Loop - 1.35 miles Ely Lake Campground Beach to Little Tom Lake Large Loop - 1.83 miles Ely Lake Campground Beach to North Swan Creek (west side of trail) Loop – 13.8 miles Linear Trails - A linear trail, also referred to as "out-and-back" or "destination" trails, goes from one point to another. Northwest Trail - Ely Lake Campground Beach to North Swan Creek (clockwise) - 7.45 miles Ely Lake Campground Beach to South Swan Creek Pond (one way eastward) – 3.43 miles
    42.53335, -86.03385
  • 121st Ave. Parking Lot
    Sometimes known as the Tubes. Drone flying takes place here. Can start hiking North Swan Creek here. North Swan Creek Loop – 4.6 miles and takes about 2 hours round trip. Another 2 hours if you add in South Swan Creek Loop.
    42.57347, -85.97360
  • 116th Ave. Parking Lot for Ski Trails
    The is the lot to access the ski trails, which are marked in blue.
    42.52944, -85.97705
  • 116th Ave. Parking Lot for South Swan Creek Pond Loop
    South Swan Creek Pond Loop – 4.79 miles and takes about 2 hours. Can hike off to Ely Lake Campground from here. 116th Ave. is a dirt road and may not be plowed in the winter. South Swan Creek Pond to Ely Lake Campground Beach (one way westward) – 3.43 miles and takes about 1 1/2 hours one way or 3 hours round trip.
    42.52949, -85.97872

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