Eastern Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary
Forest: Huron-Manistee National Forest
District: Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Districts
Description: Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary contains a self-guided walking tour trail through a variety of habitats. The trail winds through oak-maple woodlands, alongside a stream and floodplain, through old pine plantations, and on a boardwalk through a shrub swamp and emergent wetland. A very nice variety of wildflowers can be seen along the way including: pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule), round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), and columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
2013 NOTICE: The site is undergoing reconstruction of the driveway and installation of new toilet and picnic pavilion. There will be NO TOILET AND NO TRAIL GUIDES ON SITE until late fall 2013. There is NO FEE DURING CONSTRUCTION.
The shorter loop trail is approximately ½ mile; the full loop is approximately 1.5 miles long. The trail offers a moderately easy hike over relatively flat ground. The trail offers 39 numbered viewing stations described in a trail guide. The guide contains a map of the trails and a description of the different species that may be observed at each station. A trail guide can be obtained by contacting the District Office in Baldwin, Michigan.
Safety First: The trail may be rough in spots. Exposed roots or muddy areas may exist at times. Foot attire appropriate for walking over rough terrain is recommended. The weather may be cool and rainy in the Spring or Fall; appropriate thermal and moisture protection is recommended.
Directions: This site is located just west of Highway M-37 approximately 4.5 miles south of Brohman and 6.8 miles north of White Cloud. The green highway sign says “5-Mile Road”. Turn west on 5-Mile road and travel west to the intersection with Felch Ave. Turn north on Felch Avenue (gravel road) to the parking lot entrance road which is marked with a rustic sign saying Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary.
Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Huron-Manistee National Forest, Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (231) 745-4631.
This is a Recreation Enhancement Site and a $5.00 per day fee is required, or you can purchase a weekly or annual pass. For more information about recreation annual passes visit the U.S. Forest Service Interagency Annual Pass web page. For more information about Loda Lake site amenities visit the Huron-Manistee National Forests Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary web page.
Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., is a management partner for Loda Lake.
Closest Town: White Cloud, Michigan.
YouTube: Loda Lake Hike
Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., partnering with the Manistee National Forest produced a DVD about Loda Lake for their distant garden club chapters to learn more about Loda Lake. A portion of this video is posted on YouTube.