Feldtmann Lake Loop Trail

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Feldtmann Lake Loop Trail is a 29.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Windigo, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
29.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

no dogs

Don't forget your bug repellent and even netting. The mosquitos will bite through the netting where your pack straps pull it close to you and if the head netting is pulled onto your head, but it helps! Hiking boots with ankle support would have been great. You will hike through some boggy areas and the mud will try to take your shoes off. Hiking sticks were helpful to balance and check mud depth. When hiking from Siskiwit Bay to Iron Mine or vice versa, walk along the beach. A beaver's handy work had the trail underwater, or at least it did when we hiked the trail. I assume the trail will be rerouted, but until then, the beach is easiest to find.

backpacking
6 days ago

Best backpacking trip I've experienced - Did the Feldtmann loop, including the Huginnin Cove trail. Magical 48 miles.

2 months ago

We did the loop counter-clockwise in 3 days. Trail was exactly what I expect of a backcountry, primitive trail. Low to no maintenance, bring waterproof clothes to avoid getting drenched by morning dew/rain. Bugs were not bad when we were there, but bring a bug net to be safe. Expect muddy spots. Difficulty is comparable to the Superior Hiking Trail.

Day 1 we did Windego to Feldtmann lake. Feldtmann lake is a great place to spot moose, fairly easy hike in, campsites with no picnic tables. Day 2 was Feldtmann lake to Siskwit Bay. There were 2 shelters, individual campsites and a fire ring on the beach. Day 3 was Siskwit Bay back to Windego (Washington Creek). Climb up Sugar Mountain was the most elevation gain of the trip. Campground has 15(ish) shelters along the bay where moose like to feed on seaweed.

Beautiful island! Worth every blister and bug bite!

hiking
2 months ago

This is the worst maintained trail I have ever been on. About half of it you are bushwhacking through tall grass and plants. Luckily there was no rain when we were there, but if it had rained you would be soaked from the plants. Seeing a couple of moose was the highlight.

3 months ago

Completed loop counter clockwise in 3 days two nights. Trail is tough in terms of rocks and roots so a lot of time is spent looking down instead of enjoying the scenery. Rainbow cove trail near Feldtman Lake is a must. Island mine trail under water in parts so need to hike along “beach”. Mosquitos were not bad. Water clear. Beautiful scenery.

9 months ago

I completed the loop in 3 days and 2 nights. each day had it's own difficulty.
I took the loop clockwise.
day one windigo to Siskwit Bay was extremely flooded and some parts of the trail were completely understand water. be sure to water proof and bring extra set of clothing. Siskwit Bay was a completely full campsite due to it being a popular spot for boaters to camp after fishing. A group shared their campsite with us and even some of the fish they caught.

Day 2 Siskwit Bay to Feldtman Lake was decent hike except the first two miles were in a marsh and the trail was overgrown. Mosquitoes are huge and don't care how much bug spray or layer of clothes you wear. They fought through and bit anyways. the tower was a great pit stop and photo op. the rest of that day was extremely pleasant.

Feldtman to Windigo was difficult not because the trail was hard but because there was several times the trails forked out it wasn't included in the map. we had to backtrack several times.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

*We only completed the portion from Windigo to Feldtmann Lake as that was where we were camping for the duration of our stay.*

A subtle, intimate hike. It doesn't cross the island, so you're even less likely to run into anyone else (in exchange for fewer overlooks/views out into the island). The Grace Creek Overlook at about 2 miles is especially beautiful, and really the only steep/strenuous part of our hike. The first portion from Windigo takes you along the lakeshore over gnarled roots, while further inland you pass through sections of spruce and enormous ferns.

The 8 mile stretch from Windigo to Feldtmann also puts you close to the .8 mile hike to Rainbow Cove, with a breathtaking panorama of the water.

We spotted 3 Moose during our 3 day, 2 night stay, so hopefully others get just as lucky!