Scott Lake Trail leads south (from FR 2183) through a towering
stand of white pines and hemlocks about 300 years old and follows
the wetland around Scott Lake. A short trail to Shelp Lake winds
north through large, old hemlocks to a bog surrounding the lake,
providing close-up views of bog plants. This is an excellent area
to glimpse some of northern Wisconsin's distinctive birds--gray
jays, black-backed woodpeckers, and boreal chickadees. Shelp Lake
is a Research Natural Area and part of the Headwaters Wilderness.
Along with Scott Lake, this is part of a cooperatively designated
State Scientific Natural Area.
Directions: From Three Lakes, take State Highway 32 east
and south 5 miles to Scott Lake Road (FR 2183). Turn left and
go east 4 miles to the trailhead. Park along north side of the
Trail Lengths: Scott Lake - 1/3 mile loop, Shelp Lake
- 1/8 mile one way.
Difficulty: Scott Lake - easy, uneven. Shelp Lake - level.