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09 Watersmeet Rails to Trails Upper Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

wetlands beaver pond  stream in woods
Photos: Erwin Drabek, US Forest Service



Photo: Erwin Drabek, US Forest Service

This old railroad grade that has been converted to a linear park runs from the U.S. Forest Service visitor center in Watersmeet to the public library in Land O Lakes, Wisconsin, a distance of about 8 miles. The trail cuts cross-country through a diversity of habitats including forests, lowland brush, beaver ponds, clearcuts, and open areas. Bicycles, skis, snowmobiles, ATVs, and pets are all permitted to share this little-used trail with hikers. The trail crosses a stream in which colorful brook trout may be seen along rocks and logs.

Wildlife Viewing

Photo: Erwin Drabek, US Forest Service

White-tailed deer are common in the forested areas and clearcuts. Beavers, muskrats, mink, and shorebirds may be viewed in and around the floodings created by industrious beavers. A wide variety of songbirds may be observed and heard calling in the many habitats that are traversed by this old railroad grade. Common warblers include the chestnut-sided warbler, Nashville warbler, and yellow warbler.


North trailhead is located at the intersection of US-2 and US-45, 100 yards east of the U.S. Forest Service visitor center parking lot. South trailhead is located at the public library in downtown Land O Lakes, Wisconsin.

Ownership: U.S. Forest Service (906) 358-4551

Size: 8 linear miles

Closest Town: Watersmeet

Weather and Driving Directions for Watersmeet

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