Sand, Hill, Crane Lakes (Three Lakes Trails)

Here on Mitkof island there are three lakes all very close to each other and trails that connect them.  The first lake is called Sand, the second, Hill, and the third Crane, named after the lakes frequent visitors Sand Hill Cranes.  Each hike is about a 1/2 mile from the road to the lake.  Each trail head, a short drive from the next.  If you wish to do the full hike going from lake to lake it is about 4 1/2 miles and there is boardwalk that connects them going through the muskeg and forested areas.  About half way between Sand and Hill lakes there is another smaller lake called shelter lake that has a small cabin for use.

We had never been to the lakes so picked at random to go to Hill lake first.

Here is a snap shot of the board walk that covers the entire walk to the lake.

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My in-laws took this picture

Hill Lake

Hill Lake

Each lake has a picnic table and a small row boat that is free of charge.  Just remember to pull the plug back out of the row boat after you use it so it doesn’t fill with water.

Where else can you take a short hike in a national forest and arrive at your destination and have the entire place to yourself?

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kids in boat

My in-laws snapped these and just sent them to me.

in row boat

one my in-laws snapped

The biggest attraction for the kids was the row boat.  It has a capacity of 3 at a time.

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macpa in boat

my mother-in-law snapped this shot

Meanwhile Ephraim made us nervous playing on the edge of the dock.


Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

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Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

Next we decided to check out crane lake.  When we pulled up there were 2 other cars there.  But, we passed them on our hike in so once again we had the place to ourselves.

I believe that this lake must be the most trafficked. After you get to the lake, keep on the trail about a .1 of a mile around the lake and you will come to a “hammock” as the previous hikers called it.  I don’t think I would describe it that way.  It’s a net fully tied off to several trees with an accompanying latter to get up into it.  It’s not for those afraid of heights.

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These hikes are beautiful, extremely easy and way fun!

My in-laws got to the lakes before we did and snapped this shot of Virginia.

gin and net


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