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 is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
29.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

no dogs

The camping cabins at Windigo were nice to come back to after battling the mosquitos on the trail. The loons, fox, moose and geese were beautiful to gaze at. Most of the campsites are nice and provided some sort of log or table to sit at. There aren't many people here, and it seems people are taking care of the island by packing out their trash. There was hardly any trash along the trail. I picked up what I saw and that was only a couple of items that were most likely dropped unknowingly rather than left intentionally.

3 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
5 months ago

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
7 months ago

*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!