06 Clark Lake Day-Use Area
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
Photo: Erwin Drabek, US Forest Service
As part of the 21,000-acre Sylvania Wilderness
and Recreation Area, this site has tremendous wildlife
viewing potential. The day-use area boasts an 820-acre
lake with an extensive natural sand beach and a magnificent
stand of virgin northern hardwoods, hemlock, and cedar.
The 8-mile Lakeshore Hiking Trail around Clark Lake
offers beautiful scenery and excellent wildlife viewing.
Visitors must register at the entrance station.
Barred owls are named for the dark vertical bars
that run down the breast from the neck to the feet.
Photo: Michael Genrich, US Forest Service
The stand of large, old trees at this
site attracts an interesting and diverse mixture of
bird life. Barred owls are common here, and while
they are rarely seen during the day, you can often
hear their familiar “Who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all”
cry at night. The crow-size pileated woodpecker, which
has a flaming red crest atop its head, is a common
sight as it prospects for insects beneath the bark
of old trees. Watch and listen for the many woodland
songbirds that live here during summer, including
the red-eyed vireo, blackburnian warbler, black-throated
green warbler, hermit thrush, and ovenbird. There
is an excellent probability of viewing loons on Clark
Lake. Bald eagles and (more infrequently) ospreys
may also be seen flying or perching around the lake,
and broad-winged hawks nest nearby. Little brown bats
are a common sight near dusk on calm summer evenings.
Fishers, cat-size members of the weasel family, are
seen occasionally during winter.
Most of the Clark Lake Lakeshore Trail
lies within the designated wilderness area, so groups
of hikers are limited to ten people or fewer. Beautiful
wetland areas may be seen along the trail.
The pileated woodpecker is a large, crow-sized
woodpecker common in old growth forests such as
those found around Clark Lake.
Photo: MI DNR
of this area are open to public hunting.
Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
for affected seasons and locations.
Photos: Erwin Drabek, US Forest Service