“An easy interpretive loop exhibiting effects over time of nature and man upon Isle Royale.
— Greg Reasor
River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
An easy loop for those stopping off the ferry and returning the same day, or anyone with an hour to spare. Kids will learn plenty about Isle Royale, and adults will, too.
Stop by the Windigo Visitor Center for a flyer describing the 11 markers along the Windigo Nature Trail
Begin by the store uphill from the Visitor Center and hike along the hills around Windigo. See several examples of how man, moose, and natural forces have shaped Isle Royale.
At the last marker, continue down to the waterfront where the Windigo Nature Trail
ends at the junction of the Feldtmann Lake Trail
and the Washington Creek Trail
, head right onto the Washington Creek Trail
, which returns to the Windigo dock.
Look for the Moose Exclosure, where balsam fir trees are allowed to grow unaffected by moose grazing that otherwise stunts these trees across the island.
Flora & Fauna
Canada dogwood, thimbleberry, aspen and balsam fir trees are abundant. Moose tracks have been seen on the trail.