Pickerel Lake Pathway

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 2.24 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Bike Type: Mountain,
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
  • Trail Website: michigandnr.com

This two mile long trail is located in Otsego County with the trailhead at the Pickerel Lake State Forest Campground near Vanderbilt.  The campground itself offers 39 sites for tents and moderate-sized trailers, with a nice beach area.  The two mile pathway is used for hiking and biking and only accessible on a seasonal basis. This is a prime location for bird and wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy everything nature has to offer.


MichiganTrailMaps.com says, "Pickerel Lake Pathway is an easy, 2-mile loop that encircles the lake, staying within sight of the water for much of the hike. Although at times you’re hiking through matchstick forests of aspen and even an old clearcut, in the beginning the pathway skirts an interesting cedar swamp and at the north end of the lake winds past pines large enough to make any botanist pause and look up." Click here for trail maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

Trail Photos


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