The picnic area contains a large community shelter built of locally milled yellow cedar timber, and includes a fire ring and two picnic tables. A trailhead for Balls Lake Trail is located near the shelter. Follow the 2.2 mile trail around the lake or take the .5 mile trail to Eagle's Nest Campground and interpretive trail. There is vehicle parking for ten passenger cars and one ADA-accessible parking space. There is a vault toilet but no potable water. Special Features: The roomy shelter and large fire ring make this a great place to hold group gatherings. Work up your appetite for a big barbecue by hiking the loop trail, or put your canoe in at the launch at Eagle's Nest Campground for a leisurely paddle around the lake. On a sunny winter day, the snow-capped peaks surrounding the lake provide a peaceful setting for revitalizing your senses.
At a Glance
Vault Toilet (1)
Directions: The picnic area is located approximately 16 miles west of Thorne Bay on State Highway 925, 18 miles northwest of Klawock on State Highway 925, or 2 miles east of Control Lake junction along State Highway 925.
Hike about 100 feet on an accessible gravel trail to the Balls Lake Picnic Shelter. From the shelter, there is a spur trail that accesses the 2.3 mile Balls Lake Hiking Trail.
The picnic area contains a large community shelter built of locally milled yellow cedar timber, and includes a fire ring and two picnic tables. The site is perfect for large or small group gatherings and offers a scenic overlook of Balls Lake. A trailhead for Balls Lake Trail is located near the shelter.