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Beaver Basin Wilderness

General Area Management Wilderness Laws Trip Planning

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Beaver Basin Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 11,740 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Michigan and is managed by the National Park Service.

Description

The Beaver Basin Wilderness includes 13 miles of stunning Lake Superior shoreline from Spray Falls on the west to Sevenmile Creek on the east. The wilderness is some 3.5 miles deep and contains three beautifully clear lakes -- Beaver Lake - 762 acres, Trappers Lake - 45 acres, Legion Lake - 35 acres -- and five cold water streams -- Lowney Creek, Arsenault Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Little Beaver Creek, and Beaver Creek. These clear streams and extensive wetlands provide habitat for native coaster brook trout and other fish. Popular fish species include brook trout, largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass, northern pike and white sucker. An old growth cedar swamp exhibits healthy regeneration, an important browse species for white-tailed deer. Extensive beech-maple upland hardwood forest provides habitat for numerous mammals, birds, and flowering plants including black bear, timber wolf, American marten and fisher, migrating songbirds, raptors (such as bald eagle, barred owl, peregrine falcon, waterfowl and upland game birds), and spring wildflowers. An interesting pattern of glacial geology includes post-glacial meltwater channels, escarpments, and Lake Nipissing beach ridges.

The Beaver Basin Wilderness offers opportunities for quiet, solitude, wilderness recreation, and spiritual renewal. Individual and small group recreation is available along 8.4 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail and 8.5 miles of connector trails as well as 6 backcountry campsites.

Maps: Beaver Basin Wilderness Map, Beaver Basin Hiking Map

Planning to Visit the Beaver Basin Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Beaver Basin Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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