The Schoolcraft County Environmental Laboratory is a system of trails located on 80 acres of wooded township land, a couple of miles east of the town of Manistique. The purpose of the Lab is to provide hiking, nature appreciation and environmental education opportunities for the general public and local schools.
This 2 mile long loop trail meanders along the edge of Colwell Lake and is surfaced to be fully accessible to people with mobility impairments. The trail is particularly stunning in the fall, and also is popular in the winter as a snowshoe trail.
Since it opened in 1989, the Au Train Songbird Trail has offered a new way to learn bird identification. There are all sorts of guide books out there for telling one bird from another, but this unique audio guided interpretive trail allows you to learn birds by their song.
This very short, accessible trail encircles the stabilized ruin of an 1870 blast furnace where iron was made until 1877. One of the last remaining structures of its kind in the U.P., it is also a good place to view Lake Superior and Grand Island. Interpretive signs show how the furnace operated and explain its unique history, including its construction, damage by fire, and partial preservation.
This hard-packed, easily accessible trail takes the visitor through a 200 year old hemlock forest on the shore of Little Bay de Noc. Because of its geographic setting, the area was a focal point of human activity and includes Native American sites and the foundations of an old resort hotel complex. Abundant historic photographs and oral history quotations on interpretive signs tell the Maywood story.
Located in a grassy clearing, interpretive panels show what the camp buildings looked like and describe everyday life there. Visible features include old foundations and the newly replaced flag pole. Photographs on the panels and quotations from CCC veterans make Camp Round Lake the Great Depression, and the C.C.C. come alive for visitors.