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Hike – Indianhead Chapter
July 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
We will be offering a 6-mile hike from the McKenzie Lake boat launch to Clam Falls with the option of taking a shuttle back to the meeting location at the halfway point.
The McKenzie Creek Segment highlights the steep and hilly topography of the 5,497 acre McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area. Established in 1945, the wildlife area provides watershed protection and access to four trout streams and six lakes. North of McKenzie Lake, the segment cuts through an area of towering white pines, crosses McKenzie Creek and then climbs a ridge overlooking the creek. North of 300th Avenue (CTH-W), the segment joins a sandy logging road through an older logging harvest area. The segment soon meets McKenzie Creek again and follows the creek north as it winds along the tunnel channel of McKenzie Creek, a pristine Class I trout stream with a naturally sustaining wild trout population. Eventually, the Trail crosses a small tributary of McKenzie Creek on a wooden bridge and climbs out of the tunnel channel. The segment then drops down to lower elevations as it passes along the west shoreline of Dinger Lake, one of many remote kettle lakes in the area. The segment continues through forest and shortly crosses the scenic Clam River, a Class III trout stream, on a long boardwalk and bridge, just before reaching the 60th Street Trail access and parking area.
LOCATION: We will meet at the McKenzie Lake Boat Launch parking lot in McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area in Frederic. The parking lot is located east of Jenssen Road at the end of 280th Avenue while traveling east. Watch for yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs.
WHAT TO BRING: Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Consider wearing a hat for protection from the sun. Bring walking sticks, insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Don’t forget your camera!