Rock Lake National Recreation Trail
The Rock Lake National Recreation Trail is managed as a classic style cross-country ski trail. During the winter, updates on the condition of this trail can be found at the Cross Country Ski Report. Trail Length: 2 Km, 4 Km, 7.1 Km, 11.5 Km, 16 Km, and Rock Lake Loop which adds 1.8 Km to the 11.5 and 16 Km trails.
What to expect: The Rock Lake National Recreation Trail is a narrow classic only ski trail that traverses rolling to hilly terrain. This trail is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. When snow depths permits, the trail is groomed and track is set. Downhills are long and twisting but have good run outs. The two longest loops pass a number of small scenic lakes. The trail is located in a maple and oak forest that has occassional stands of large white pine. Uphills are relatively short but numerous giving the skier a good workout. Forest Road 207 is a snowmobile trail in the winter.
During the summer months, the trail is maintained for hiking.
You can access the Namekagon cluster of the CAMBA trail system from the Rock Lake Trail. CAMBA has an excellent detailed trail maps of the cluster. There are also signs along the trails for easy navigation.
What to expect: The trails beginning at Rock Lake are predominately single track mountain bike trails. The trails traverse steep, difficult terrain, that is for intermediate to expert riding ability. While biking, you can view the many small lakes and scenery of the Rock Lake area.
There is a $5 day use pass for this recreation site. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cnnf/passes-permits/recreation.
At a Glance
|Fees:||There is a $5 day use pass for this recreation site. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cnnf/passes-permits/recreation. The USDA Forest Service honors all four Interagency Recreation Passes that may be applied at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites charging recreation use fees. Visit https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/passes-permits/recreation-fees-passes to decide which pass is right for you.|
|Information Center:||Great Divide District|
From State Highway 63 in Cable, drive 7.5 miles east on County Highway M. The parking lot is on the right (south) side of the road.
You can access the Namekagon cluster of the CAMBA trail system from the Rock Lake Trail. CAMBA has an excellent detailed trail maps of the cluster.
The trail is maintained for hiking during the summer months.
The Rock Lake National Recreation Trail is managed as a classic style cross-country ski trail.
|Difficulty Level:||Intermediate to Difficult|
Alerts & Warnings
- Safety reminders for hunting season
- Closure on Forest Road 1666 (Black Lake Road) for motorized vehicles
- Closure on Iron River Trail between FR236 and FR242
- Trail Closure Order 09-13-23-02 Terminated
- Closure on Pipeline 4x4 Challenge Trail
- Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination required at Lake Owen and Two Lakes
- Closure Order (Lakewood-Laona, 2019 windstorm)