Fumee Lake Natural Area
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Established in 1992, the Fumee Lake Natural Area has over 1800 acres used in a wide variety of non-motorized activities. Hiking, biking, bird watching, and nature photography in the spring, summer, and fall; Cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this four-season natural area.
The Fumee Lake Natural Area has a number of unique features. Fumee Lake and Little Fumee Lake provide a total of five miles of undeveloped shoreline. In addition to numerous wetlands, 507 acres of surface water holds a fishery deemed "very remarkable and unique" by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The area has historically been home to a number of rare or threatened species including the Bald Eagle, Common Loon, and seventeen species of orchids. Three plants on Michigan's Threatened Species list are found here: Walking Fern, Purple Cliff-brake and Marsh Grass of Parnassus.
See the trail map for information on the trail loops.
Fumee Lake Trail Map
The Fumee Lake Natrual Area is located by taking U.S. 2 for about 2 miles west of Norway or East of Quinnesec, and then turning North on Upper Pine Creek Road. Proceed for about 1 mile on Upper Pine Creek Road before turning left to the Natrual Area
Information courtesy of the Fumee Lake Commission
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February 24, 2012 - reviewed by Anonymous
To the person complaining about the lack of grooming, Verso smell, etc. The trails are not groomed because of the lack of snow and because of warm weather. . Grooming would just tear up the trails. And to complain that the wind is bringing the smell of the mill is like complaining that the world is spinning. No one can control that, it's not like anyone can force the mill to close. You can't control mother nature. As to the dogs, speak up or call Animal Control.
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January 26, 2012 - reviewed by Anonymous
Ski trails are not groomed, several logs across trails, and lots of dog crap in ski trails. With the south wind I could smell the Verso Paper Mill, which takes away from the beauty of the area. Dogs are NOT on leashes as well.
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May 20, 2011 - reviewed by Anonymous
There are approximately 5 miles of nice Single track Mt bike trails. They are listed on the map as the North Ridge trail and South Ridge trail. The Single track trails are in nice condition,well maintained and are a moderate skill level of difficulty.There is a local group of bikers that typically ride Wednesday evenings. So come on out and see this beautiful area. (Need to add Activity of Mountain biking to this area)
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January 19, 2010 - reviewed by Anonymous
very awesome! first time there. just beautiful. different trails for different levels of skiiers. did the 6 mile loop around the big lake. Will definitely go again soon.
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December 29, 2009 - reviewed by Anonymous
Great trails, beautiful views and the groomer was on the trails just ahead of us.
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