Big Island Lake Wilderness Area
There are 23 small lakes within the area ranging in size from 5 to 149 acres. The lakes are close enough to each other for canoe portaging and are currently linked by marked portage trails.
White Birch, Maple, Beech and Quaking Aspen all cover the upland of the area while Hemlock Spruce and Balsam grow in the lowland areas along streams and wetlands. Loons, beavers, ducks, great blue herons and occasionally bald eagles may be seen in or near the lakes.
The area does not have rugged terrain but there is a degree of challenge for visitors. Visitors must make their own way through the forest for there are no marked footpaths. For more information contact the Hiawatha National Forest at (906) 387-2512