Renovation Makes Lake of the Clouds Trail Accessible: MI

Article Posted: April 20, 2005

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Renovation Makes Lake of the Clouds Trail Accessible

The trail to one of Michigan's most scenic views is now universally accessible. The Lake of the Clouds Scenic Site Trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has been renovated to comply with all American Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for trails.

The $55,000 project was funded by a Recreation Improvement Fund grant administered by the DNR's Forest, Mineral, and Fire Management Division. The grant provided funding to relocate accessible parking locations closer to the trailhead staging area, which is now accessed by a ramp. A new elevated boardwalk trail with resting benches leads to the recently constructed viewing deck overlooking the Lake of the Clouds. Additional accessible amenities at the overlook include lowered railing sections and audio interpretation of the informative signage.

"This project makes one of the most popular and certainly the most photographed locations in Michigan accessible to everyone," Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson said.

The trail begins at the end of M-107 and connects the Big Carp River and Escarpment trails. The previous trail did not meet the incline recommendations nor provide a stable surface.

"The staff did an excellent job of designing and constructing the boardwalk while preserving the natural environment," said Dan Lord, Parks and Recreation Division's ADA liaison.

For additional information concerning the improvements at the Lake of the Clouds, contact Colleen Steinman at 517-373-0399.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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