Sand Lakes Quiet Area

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing Horseback Riding

Enjoy the solitude of the Pere Marquette State Forest while exploring the 2,800-acre Sand Lakes Quiet Area. Its forested hills and five marl lakes support a range of non-motorized recreational opportunities. There are over 10 miles of trail to explore on foot, skis, bike, or horse. The serene environment is also great for wildlife watching. All motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited from entering this area.

There are several places to access the trail system. The main trailheads are located off Broomhead Rd (just north of the intersection with Sand Lakes Rd on the east side of the road) and at the Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground (off Guernsey Lake Rd, 1 mile south of Sand Lakes Rd/Island Lake Rd). The Broomhead Trailhead is maintained for year-round access.

The North Country Trail runs along the north section and the Shore to Shore Trail skirts the south end of the Quiet Area. Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground is adjacent to the Quiet Area and provides trail access and camping. The North Branch of the Boardman River is just south of the property.


Note: The smaller loops and spurs are not currently on the map. over 10 miles of marked trails. Trailheads that appear to be located off of the trail are connected with trails that are well marked onsite. 


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

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