Many people know of the infamous Scout Camp at Lost Lake, in Clare county. But adjoining this Camp is a State Forest area, where Eagle Scouts had built an extensive set of Trails, Bridges and Boardwalks through many different ecosystems. Without proper funds, these Trails have fallen into disrepair.
Well…..Hiking North/Central Michigan, Clare County and our DNR have joined forces to restore these wonderful Trails at Green Pine Lake. We are starting this project with some simple clearing of overhanging branches and foliage. While we are doing this first Phase in restoration, we will also be noting details for future work on the bridges and Boardwalks and also updating a detailed Map we have started of the area.
This project will take a number of gatherings to finish, but the end results will be a restored Trails system that will serve many people visiting the area.
Everyone attending the Trails Restoration Project will receive a detailed colored Map of the Green Pine Lake area and Trails. Water will also be available for everyone, along with some snacks. Participants should bring some good boots, Work Gloves and their favorite hand Clippers. Additional snacks for out on the Trails is also recommended.
After the days Work, those interested are invited over to Mud Lake Campground, where a nice Campfire will be waiting, along with some Hot Dogs and other Campfire treats.
There is a group of Hikers coming up from the S.E.MI. Hiking Michigan group, to join in with the Trails restorations. Some of us are staying at the local Hotels in the area. Mark Wilson has recommended the Grand Hotel in downtown Evart, MI. Evart is only a short distance from the Green Pine Lake Forest area, and in-between there and the Campfire at Big Mud Lake Campgrounds. A good central location to stay the weekend. There are also other facilities in Big Rapids and Clare nearby.
You can contact Mark Wilson at the Evart Parks & Recreation at: 231-250-2071, or by email at: Mark@hikingmichigan.com.
You can also get further info at the Friends of Clare County, at the Link provided here: http://www.clarecountyrecreation.org/events.htm