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Windigo Nature Trail

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Trail

1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 102' 31 m
Descent: -108' -33 m
High: 729' 222 m
Low: 625' 190 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Greg Reasor

An easy interpretive trail exhibiting effects over time of nature and man upon Isle Royale.

Greg Reasor

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy trail 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.

Description

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, one can continue down to the waterfront where the trail ends at the junction of the Feldtmann Lake Trail and the Washington Creek Trail, the latter which returns to the Windigo dock.

Or turn right towards the store, and encounter 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. Stop by the Windigo Visitor Center for a flyer describing the 11 markers along the Windigo Nature Trail.

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Washington Harbor from the Windigo Nature Trail.
Jul 14, 2016 near Isle Ro…, MI
A park ranger awaits the arrival of the ferry at Isle Royale Park.
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
A seaplane daintily lands on the water near Windigo.
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
Moose tracks on the Windigo Nature Trail.
Jul 14, 2016 near Isle Ro…, MI
Welcome to Windigo!
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI

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