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White-tail Trail

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A pleasant trail along the shore of Viking Lake.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Loop

1,232' 376 m

High

1,132' 345 m

Low

241' 73 m

Up

239' 73 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

More information at:
iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/St…

Description

The following description assumes clockwise direction, but the trail may be taken either direction.

There is a place to park near the campground entrance just to the left of the start/finish markers. The trail mostly follows the lakeshore but veers away wherever side streams enter and go over dams meant to stop silt from entering the lake. It occasionally follows roads for short distances.

Through the day use area, hug the shoreline. Here's where you'll usually see the swans. Keep the restaurant and beach between you and the lake. At the marina, cross the parking lot and find the trail again behind a pit toilet at the far end of lot.

At the boat ramp by the dam, follow the driveway to the top of the hill near some cottages, then make a hard right. When I went, someone had parked a vehicle across this trail, which also serves as a driveway to two of the cottages.

Beyond here the trail splits, with the route I marked hugging the park boundary back to the campground. A longer alternative follows a portion of the lakeshore and rejoins the main trail near two small ponds enclosed within a fence. Finish by hiking across the campground back to your vehicle. Alternative parking is available at the top of the hill near the restaurant and marina and at the boat ramp near the dam.

Flora & Fauna

You may see trumpeter swans that have been released in this area and also the trail's namesake deer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Iowa DNR

Shared By:

Leonard Baerg

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