Presque Isle Area Birding Trails

Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area

This wilderness area consists of 2,189 acres of northern forest and 15 lakes and ponds. The lakes and surrounding forests provide habitat for many native plants and wildlife, including loons, osprey, otters, fishers, bear and timber wolves. The preserve is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and other low impact recreational activities. Dogs are allowed on the preserve, but must be leashed from April 1 to August 1.

Location:From Presque Isle, continue southeast on County B approximately 3 miles to the intersection with East Bay Road. Turn north on East Bay Road and continue approximately .5 miles to the trailhead and parking area on the east side of the road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Guido Rahr Sr. Tenderfoot Forest Preserve Trail

Managed by the Nature Conservancy, this 971-acre preserve provides exploration opportunities on nearly 4 miles of undeveloped shoreline on the pristine waters of Tenderfoot, Roach and Mirror lakes. The trail is accessible via water and is open from ice out (April/May) through November for hiking, birdwatching, fishing and other low-impact recreational activities. Terrain is fairly flat. There are no restroom facilities. This is a combination land/water trail between Land O’ Lakes and Presque Isle, with access via the Palmer Lake boat landing.

Length:1.9 - 2 miles

Van Vliet Hemlocks

This recently developed trail system gives visitors the opportunity to explore and experience 400 acres and 1 ½ miles of undeveloped shoreline in an old growth hardwood-hemlock forest.

Length:Loops from 0.5 miles to 3.2 miles Location:For east-side trailhead: From County Hwy B and Crab Lake Road in Presque Isle, take Crab Lake Road south 3.7 miles to East Van Vliet Road and continue west on East Van Vliet Road for 0.9 miles. For west-side trailhead: From County Hwy B and Crab Lake Road in Presque Isle, take Crab Lake Road south 5.1 miles to West Van Vliet Road. Travel west on West Van Vliet Road about 0.6 miles stay right and then make a quick left for about 1.1 miles, continue right on West Van Vliet Road for 0.3 miles to the parking area. Click here for a printable map (pdf).