You’ve had the names of Michigan’s Great Lakes memorized since the time you were in grade school: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eerie, Superior. But our state is also full of smaller, lesser-known lakes that offer just as much natural beauty. Take a look at this beautiful lake in Ludington State Park and start planning for a hike that you won’t soon forget.
Ludington State Park is home to a variety of beautiful trails and outlooks. It’s a hiker and nature-lover’s dream, and one particularly intriguing trail takes visitors past Lost Lake — which, as its name suggests, is a little known wonder.
The Lost Lake Trail can be completed in just one hour, as it stretches a walkable 1.5 miles around a variety of natural attractions throughout the park. Lost Lake itself neighbors the much larger Hamlin Lake, which can also be viewed from Ludington State Park.
On your hike to view Lost Lake, you’ll walk through a series of small islands connected by overland foot bridges. As you reach the trail’s north end, you’ll find yourself approaching the beautiful lake.
As you emerge from the enchanting forested trail, it will appear before you: a stunning lake surrounded by towering trees planted in soft soil. You’ve made it to Lost Lake, and the view certainly won’t disappoint.
Flora and fauna enthusiasts will be glad to know that Lost Lake is more than just a picturesque spot: it’s also home to river otters, various waterfowl, turtles, and deer, among other creatures.
While the Lost Lake Trail itself is relatively short, make sure to allot some time for swooning. It’s nearly impossible to visit this hidden gem without marveling at its unique beauty.
If you’re looking to experience some of Michigan’s natural allure without venturing all the way to one of the Great Lakes, look no further than Lost Lake. Its peaceful atmosphere and smooth, calm waters will provide a stunningly scenic escape from everyday life.
Other than the Great Lakes, what is your favorite body of water in Michigan? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.