Hoist Lakes encompasses over 10,000 acres of pine, aspen and hardwoods forests. The area is large enough to challenge any backcountry enthusiast. There are over 20 miles of trails winding through small pothole lakes and areas of beaver flooding, as well over and around hills and ridges.
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Pere Marquette River, Huron-Manistee National Forests
As you travel through the area, watch for examples of timber harvesting and tree regeneration, wildlife habitat management and watershed management.
The Hoist Lakes Area is for people who desire a longer walk or ski, and is ideal for a backpacking trip of two days to a week. Most of the cross-country ski trails have been designated with the more experienced skier in mind. Longer loops and steeper hills offer an exciting challenge in beautiful surroundings. The area is home to white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoon, red fox, coyote, beaver, otter, mink, badger, skunks, and squirrels. The North Hoist Lake is home to bass and sunfish. South Hoist Lake is a designated trout lake and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Bryon Lake offers good bass and perch fishing.
Note: A vehicle pass is required from April 1 to November 1. Passes may be purchased for $30 (household), $20 (annual), $5 (weekly), or $3 (daily). Golden Age Passport and Access holders may purchase annual passes for 50% of the regular price.
Large print brochures are available.
This remote environment warrants proper preparedness. Contact the Ranger Station for details.
Directions from Harrisville, MI: East Trailhead: Travel 22 miles west on M-72 to M-65 junction. Trailhead is quarter mile south of junction.
Directions from Glennie, MI: West Trailhead: Take Glennie Road west several miles. Turn north (right) onto Au Sable Road. Take it about 10 miles bearing right onto FR 32. The trailhead is just above intersection.
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