In every month of the year there are interesting routes that start in the Lac du Bois Nature Conservancy. On a sunny day in early September we struck off through the tall grasses toward Clay Lake. A faint single track route goes over to the end of Clay Lake, but it was mostly grown over with snowberry shrubs and windfall. We worked our way along the shore of Clay Lake to the edge of the meadows.
On the shore of the lake is the Joe Reid Homestead (1912 – 1918). He and his wife lived there for 6 years. All of the homesteaders tried farming and logging, but he was mainly a trapper.
We rounded the end of Griffin Lake and continued along the Orange Trail. As we approached the McQueen Lake area, we turned south to follow trails across McQueen Creek, careful to avoid going into the McQueen Lake Environmental Education Center which does not want visitors when children are present. No Trespassing signs should be respected. School had not yet started and in a Covid year, overnight stays were not in the plans, but we respectfully avoided the area anyway.
- There are no trail signs and in the fall, many of the single and double tracks are grown over so it is hard to find the route noted above
- You can use a map and compass or a GPS to find a way to Clay Lake and then over to the McQueen Lake Trails, but you need to use navigation skills to be in touch with the map and proposed route.
- The McQueen Lake trail system has colored signs to help but they no longer provide access to trail maps (there are legacy maps on this website that can be found with the Search bar though).