Rainey Wildlife Area

U.P. Fall Travel Planner

Show Introduction
The Big Spring
Bishop Baraga Shrine
Rainey Wildlife Area
Canoe Trip
Ashford Lake Pathway
Colwell Lake Trail
Environmental Lab

»directions from bishop baraga shrine:
northwest on Arrowhead Rd//Arrowhead Rd turns right and becomes Birch St and then becomes Golf Course Rd//Golf Course Rd turns right and becomes Country Club Dr//turn left at Dawson Rd//turn right at Wawaushnosh Dr
»from US-2 in Manistique:
drive north through town on M-94 about 5 miles//turn left (west) on Dawson Rd and proceed 1.5 miles to an access road that goes north to the site parking lot.

time to spend:

two hours

what to bring:

binoculars, hiking boots


Rainey Wildlife Area - Michigan DNR

A hiking trail that passes through maple, yellow birch, and mixed conifer habitat takes you over boardwalks and through wet areas, leading to an elevated observation platform that provides a feeling of remoteness with outstanding opportunities for viewing wildlife.

The observation platform has a barrier-free ramp that reaches to a mid-level, and offers a long scenic vista to sedge meadow and open water habitat. The trail crosses Smith Creek, which flows through a patterned fen to Indian Lake. It overlooks the sedge meadow and open water habitat of Smith’s Slough and Indian Lake.

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