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LENGTH 6.1 miles

TIME 3:45

DIFFICULTY Difficult-Strenuous


MAPS & PERMITS DNR George H. CrosbyManitou State Park map. USGS quad: Little Marais. A Country State Park permit is required.

GETTING THERE Take Country State Highway 1 to Finland. Turn right on County Road 7 and drive about 7 miles to park entrance on the right. The trailhead is at the parking lot near Bensen Lake.

TRAILHEAD GPS 47c 28 42.1″ N 91° 6′ 39.8″ W

This hike travels through large sections of white birch and maple forest, and small forest swamps of yellow birch and white cedars. While the trail through the swamps is wet in places, it’s possible to pick your way without getting too muddy. These tracts become the doorway to the lower reaches of the River Trail where large conifers shade the often turbulent Manitou River. One of the common trees you will find here is the northern white cedar, easily identified by its flattened, scalelike leaves and grayish bark that peels off in long, narrow, strips. Taxo-nomically the northern white cedar belongs to the cypress family of trees. Like the cypress, the cedar has an enduring, rot-resistant wood.

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