Sunday, November 28, 2010

Images of Seven Lakes State Park

These images are an addendum to the Land O' Lakes hiking column on Seven Lakes State Park in Holly, Michigan that appears in the Sunday,  November 29th issue of the Oakland Press. The entire column can be found in print on that date or on line by going to the "Search Box"  in the website of The Oakland Press ( entering my name in full "Jonathan Schechter" and scrolling down. All published hiking columns appear, the most recent first. 
The park is well signed and easy to find. Located on the west side of Fish Lake Road, north of Grange Hall Rd.

Mositure in the cold atmosophere produced a rainbow like event:  A Sundog. 

Several of the recently installed trail signs have been damaged by fresh shotgun blasts.
Hepatica leaves poking up through leaves in late November hint at what wildflowers bloom first.
The fire scars are evidence of a prescribed fire to maintain the oak, hickory habitat.
During firearms season it is wise for woodland hikers and park road walkers to wear blaze orange!
Deer hunters in the park are mandated by State Law to wear blaze orange.
Bright orange would have made this Green Trail hiker more noticable.
Glacial erratics (boulders) are common along the trail's edge and in the woodlands.
Trail junctions have maps and location numbers to indicate your position.
This  prairie habitat near the park's entrance is a meadow of color in summer.
Even in winter a barbecue is possible if you plan ahead. Hikers pass near this boat launch site on the green trail.


Blogger Sandman said...

Besides hunters having to wear Hunter Orange they should have to display their hunting license on their back in a back tag so everyone knows they are legal and not poachers. Legal hunters support land and wildlife management for the DNRE so we don't lose wilderness land to development too.

November 28, 2010 at 7:14 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said... make some good points. And thanks for your interest and previous posts! Jonathan

November 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM 
Blogger technicalwriter said...

Geat story on Seven Lakes State Park. I love that park. It's a great place to mountain bike and when you're finished you can take a dip at the beach.

November 28, 2010 at 9:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan, you should also know that the DNRE has planted Muskies in Big Seven Lake too, but I don't remember the year. They should be able to get your boat up on plane by now if you hook one.

November 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM 
Blogger Pat said...

Jonathan - I'm looking at possibly moving to Fenton - Is Seven Lakes open to cyclists with road bikes - or does it only have Mountain bike trails? Thanks for the photos and the article!

December 1, 2010 at 9:27 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Pat---the trails are not suitable for street bike...but there are miles of park roads--and i suspect they may be good. Also campsites and beaches. You might want to pose your question directly to DNRE on their facebook link.

December 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People should stay off the trials from October 1st - December 31. Unless you are hunter. Can't count the times that people waking on the trails have messed my whole hunt up. It's only two months out of the year.

August 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM 

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