Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Red Bridge, Huron-Manistee National Forests
The Wakeley Lake Foot-Travel Area is a special area designed for the protection and restoration of threatened loons and eagles. Vegetation varies from tag alder and conifer swamps to upland jack pine, white pine, and oak. With an extensive network of trails (17 miles), visitors are able to wander and explore this scenic, non-motorized area. Cross-country skiers are welcome in winter. The trails are not groomed, but the parking lot is plowed. A loon nesting area may be seen at the Wakeley Lake Area from March 1 to July 15. The 125-acre lake provides excellent opportunities for fishing, however, due to the fish population and its importance to the loons and eagles, fishing is limited to catch-and-release only from June 15 to August 31. Species supported include pan fish, bass, and northern pike. The surrounding area is also home to populations of river otter and beaver, and over 115 species of seasonal birds. The natural setting has four designated walk-in campsites. One vault toilet is offered. This site is a "carry-in, carry-out" area.
Directions from Grayling, MI: Travel east along M-72 for 10 miles. Point of entry is 1 mile east of Wakeley Bridge/ Chase Bridge Road near Five Corners.
(NOTE: Fishing: June 15 - August 31)
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Wakeley Lake Foot-Travel Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region, 310 West Wisconsin, Avenue, Rm. 500
, Milwaukee, WI, 53203, Phone: 414-297-3646, Fax: 414-297-3507