The weather this weekend should cooperate for fall color viewing within the county with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70’s. Bursts of reds and oranges can be seen on trees within the county. There is a lot to see and do this fall, so grab your canoe or kayak and enjoy the warm weather on one of the great rivers or lakes in the county.
The Chippewa Moraine Glacial Lakes canoe portage route from Horseshoe Lake to Knickerbocker Lake is not entirely passable thanks (perhaps more appropriately – no thanks!) in large part to beaver! Thankfully there is some good paddling to be had on a portion of the route.
Slip your canoe in Town Line Lake to enjoy its clear water, fishery, and wild setting which is part of the Chippewa Moraine Lakes State Natural Area. The portage 500’ to Horseshoe Lake, which is another wild lake with a healthy population of fish and wildlife. A short 100’ portage from Horseshoe Lake leads you over the Ice Age Trail (which is wonderful) and into Lake 28-16. [ Here’s the deviation from the trail shown on the website.] Enjoy the terrain adjacent Lake 28-16 as you paddle easterly towards Dumke Lake. The 200’ portage across Town Line Road to Dumke Lake takes you back across the Ice Age Trail, out of the County Forest, and into the Chippewa Moraine Ice-Age Scientific Reserve. Enjoy the varied terrain and land cover while you loop around Dumke lake and make your way back to Horseshoe Lake. You can easily get back on Horseshoe Lake at the boat launch. You are now on your way back to Town Line Lake.
Whether you spend a few hours or the entire day, the alternative trail described above will take you through a diverse set of lakes and fine forested landscape. There are several opportunities to stash the canoe and hike a section of the Ice Age Trail. You could also round out a day, or weekend, by paddling your pick of the many glacial lakes throughout the area. When the fall foliage peaks, the beauty of this area will amaze you.