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Isle Royale NP: Feldtmann Lake Trail

Trail Details

County
Houghton
Regions
Western Upper Peninsula
Latitude
N 47° 52' 4.80"
Longitude
W 089° 11' 41.64"
Distance
8.5 miles
Trail Type
Foot path
Terrain
Greenstone Ridge, Feldtmann Lake
Difficulty
Moderate
Nearest City or Town
Houghton
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The Feldtmann Lake Trail extends 8.5 miles from Windigo to Feldtmann Lake Campground. It often serves as the first leg of a popular 29.8-mile, three-day loop that includes Feldtmann Ridge Trail, Island Mine Trail and a portion of the Greenstone Ridge Trail.  The only steep climbs of this loop are over the Feldtmann and Greenstone ridges; the rest of the trek tends to be relatively level, especially Feldtmann Lake Trail.
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The Feldtmann Lake Trail extends 8.5 miles from Windigo to Feldtmann Lake Campground. It often serves as the first leg of a popular 29.8-mile, three-day loop that includes Feldtmann Ridge Trail, Island Mine Trail and a portion of the Greenstone Ridge Trail.  The only steep climbs of this loop are over the Feldtmann and Greenstone ridges; the rest of the trek tends to be relatively level, especially Feldtmann Lake Trail. Thus most backpackers hike to Feldtmann Lake Campground first, making the final day a downhill walk along the Greenstone Ridge to Windigo.

But parts of this trail were re-routed in the early 1990s and the trek now includes an overlook 1.8 miles from Windigo, making it a popular choice for day hikers camped at Washington Creek.
Amenities & Services
Camping
Difficulty - Moderate
Foot Path
Trail Guide

The Feldtmann Lake Trail is covered  in mile-by-mile detail in Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes by Jim DuFresne. To order the 184-page guide to the wilderness island, Click Here.

Facilities

Shower tokens, clean towel, and bar of soap can be purchased at the camp store at Windigo.

It's also possible to book a cabin at Windigo for lodging. The Windigo Cabins feature table and chairs, a sofa, two bunk beds and electrical outlets but no indoor plumping. For reservations, contact the park concessionaire, Forever Resorts (866-644-2003 or 906-337-4993 in summer; www.isleroyaleresort.com).

Feldtmann Lake Campground is on the west end of the lake and has individual and group campsites, pit toilets, and a red sandy beach, where you can often find moose tracks. It's a pleasant place to set up camp, and because its popularity backpackers are limited to two consecutive nights here through most of the summer.

Hours & Fees

Isle Royale National Park opens April 16 and closes on Nov. 1 to all visitors for the winter.  The park has a entrance fee of $7 per person per day or an annual pass for $60. You can pay the entrance fee once you arrive at the park or in advance at at pay.gov  and avoid congestion and long waits on the island. All park visitors who plan to camp overnight at campgrounds or cross-country sites are required to obtain a camping permit. This permit can be obtained free of charge at the visitor center at Windigo or Rock Harbor when you arrive or on board Ranger III on the way to the Island.

Directions

To reach Windigo and return to Rock Harbor, book passage on the Voyageur II. Alternatively, you can book a flight to Windigo with Royale Air Service, which flies out of the Houghton County Memorial Airport. You can also arrange an inter-island flight between Windigo and Rock Harbor.

Information

Call the Isle Royale National Park headquarters in Houghton (906-482-0984) or check the Isle Royale National Park website (www.nps.gov/isro).


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