Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary - Loda Lake

Loda Lake is an area that includes a small spring-fed lake, a bog-like wetland area, a creek and riparian marshy areas, oak forest, pine plantations, and an early successional old farm site.  Botanist Clayton Bazuin noted, “Loda Lake is ideally suited as a wildflower sanctuary and although near one of Michigan’s busy highways, can still be a natural reservoir of wild plants. This is due to the large number of ecological associations it affords in which they may survive".

Loda Lake is the only Wildflower sanctuary in the National Forest System, a project supported both financially and botanically by the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan for over seventy years.

To download the Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary brochure, with map, visit the Maps and Publications section of the website or select this link: https://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5325281.pdf.  This brochure is set to print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: May 1
Usage: Medium
Best Season: April 1 to September 30
Busiest Season: May to August
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Hiking
  • Pets on Leash
  • Nonmotorized Snow Use (trail is not groomed):
    • Snowshoes
    • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Nonmotorized Mechanized Equipment - except Bicycles
Prohibited -
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Over-snow Motorized Vehicles
  • Pack and Saddle Animals, Llamas,
  • Camping
  • Mountain Bikes
Closest Towns: White Cloud
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631

General Information


From White Cloud

Wildflower Sanctuary-

  • Travel north on M-37 for 7 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 5 Mile Rd. for 1 mile.
  • Turn right and travel north on Felch Rd. for 1 mile.
  • The site is located on the right side of the road.

Boat Launch -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 7 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 5 Mile Rd. for 1 mile.
  • Turn right and travel north on Felch Rd. for 1.25 miles.
  • The site is located on the right side of the road.

General Notes:

Location - Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary, Loda Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Mena Creek
  • Minnie Pond
  • Indinan Lake
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Highbanks Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
  • Loda Lake Semi-Primitive Motorized Area

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated in the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.


Wildflower Sanctuary

  • 8 vehicle capacity

Boat Launch

  • 3 vehicle capacity - with trailers



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Boat ramp Gravel
Parking Wildflower Sanctuary, Boat Launch
Fire Danger Level: Low
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