Hiking at Island Lake (5-6 miles, 2.5 hours)

  • March 2, 2014 · 12:00 PM

The Plan:
A little easier walk then normal as I am three weeks out of foot surgery. If you get mad at me and really want to hurt me, just step on my foot and I will scream like a seven year old girl whose pony just died.  Anyway, that is not relevant to the discussion.  The relevant detail is that I plan to walk around the yellow trail of Island Lake Recreational Area at a light to moderate pace for about 2.5 hours.  Dogs, or any other furry animal (i.e., cats, llamas, Sasquatch) you wish to put on a leash, are allowed.  Bring snacks and drinks- we will take a few small breaks.

Meeting Place:
Take I-96 to exit 151 South (Kensington Road).  The park entrance is less then a mile away and it goes underneath Kensington Road (it looks weird when you get mapped direction).  The road in the park is Kent Lake Beach Road and you drive about 1 mile on it until you get to a parking lot on the north side.

map of Island Lake (meeting area is just west of the Huron River Site)

satellite map of directions from I-96 exit 151

Warning:
Do not google Island Lake and get directions from there- you will go to the headquarters and the rangers there have been instructed to mock you. Please use the links above- the satellite map is especially useful.

Costs:
This is a state park so you need the Recreation Pass on your license.  If you have not registered your car yet then you might get a ticket for $11, which is the cost of registering your car.  You will also get a permit with that $11.

Afterwards:
We are going to go to somewhere new for me: Bar None Restaurant at 11600 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI 48116.  It is about 2 miles from the park and very easy to get to.  If you plan on going, please bring directions with you.

Questions or any niceties?
Feel free to email me or call at[masked]

see you on the trail.

cheers,
charlie

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  • 7th Dave of S.

    It's amazing what a "little" snow can do to the workout factor to a hike such as this fine stroll through Island Lake.

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Jane

      Indeed - I actually got a bit of the cross-country glide factor going with the powdery (and not too deep) snow on Sunday, but the last snow hike I did before that was a bear!

      March 5, 2014

  • Robyn

    Thanks for a fun meet up!

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • patrick

    Had a great time as well!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Jamie C.

    Had a great time! Can't wait for more

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Jane

    I'm trying to find you guys! I think I'm lost in the park

    March 2, 2014

  • Jamie C.

    I have a park pass if anyone who does not wants to meet up!

    February 28, 2014

    • Emily D.

      Otherwise I will meet up with the group at the meeting location

      March 2, 2014

    • Emily D.

      Hey guys, sorry for all the messages but since I'm running so late I think I will go directly to the site. See you there!

      March 2, 2014

  • Zar

    Wondering if I can be cheeky and meet anyone at who has a park permit at a carpark close to the entrance, park there and ride in with you?

    February 26, 2014

    • Wendy P.

      I'll private message you my cell, just in case.

      February 28, 2014

    • Zar

      Star!!

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Robyn

    Does anyone know if there are recreation passes available at the entrance or if there's a self-serve station there?

    February 28, 2014

    • Charlie

      You would most likely have to go to the headquarters to get the pass and there is no guarantee that anyone will be there. I would say don't bother. If you get a ticket, it will be for the price of a pass ($11), and then they will mail you the pass.

      February 28, 2014

    • Robyn

      I'm not too worried about it, was just curious if there was a station there. Thanks :)

      February 28, 2014

  • Brian L

    BS hiking

    February 28, 2014

  • Brian L

    Got a hike at maybury at 9:30, going to try to make both hikes. If you head out before I get there have Wendy leave a trail of apple chips and I will find you.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Melissa

    Be careful on your foot!! :-)

    February 26, 2014

  • Mambo M.

    I'm thinkin' about it!!!!

    February 26, 2014

  • Lindsay R.

    Hahaha welcome back Charlie!! Can't make it this Sunday but max and I hope to hike next weekend :)

    1 · February 26, 2014

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