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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lost Nation - Plenty of History to Fuel Hikers' Dreams

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Lost Nation Lake (photo from Baw Beese Chapter)

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based on a news article in the Toledo Blade

"There aren't a whole lot of places in southern Michigan you can hike two miles without a road," declared Ryan Bowles. But the Lost Nation State Game Area near Hillsdale is one of those places. Ryan is president of the Chief Baw Beese Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.

Chief Baw Beese of the Potawatomi Nation once inhabited the area, and frontier bad-man legend, Silas Doty, may have tread the paths.

Seven miles of off-road North Country Trail are located in Lost Nation, a gem in the center of many road miles in southeast Michigan. A hiker is surrounded by woods, and can walk the bluffs above the St. Joseph River- the one that flows south to Ohio.

The local chapter plans to soon open another stretch of trail near Litchfield that will follow the other St. Joseph River- the one that runs west to Lake Michigan. The village owns this former wastewater treatment property; a campsite is also planned for the property.

SeeChief Baw Beese Chapter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Will the dam that made Duck Pond be replaced???It held up for over 100 years. It would have gone on for many more years except the overflow was allowed to be plugged.

Ward Rearick
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