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Indian Lake

 

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Indian Lake is much more secluded now that Indian Lake Road is closed to vehicles 2.4 miles from main trail leading to this remote lake located in Moose River Plains Wild Forest. To first reach the trailhead requires a long drive deep into the Moose River Plains, past Otter Brook and a place on many maps named Kenwells.

It is a 2.4 mile hike to reach Indian Lake along the old road from the newly created gate and parking area at the end of Indian Lake Road that can be driven by vehicles. This new trailhead is located 6.2 miles south of the T intersection in the heart of the plains. This old stretch of Indian Lake Road will become a future stretch of the North Country Trail. There is a junction on the right after 0.3 miles for the 0.4 mile trail to Squaw Lake that descends down to the pretty lake.

You will find the old roadside campsites as you continue walking along what was once open to vehicles up until 2012. After descending you'll cross Muskrat Creek at a scenic spot and then at 1.6 miles you'll reach a side trail on the left that travels a short 0.1 miles to Muskrat Pond. The trail (old road) descends into an area that is prone to flooding at 2.0 miles. You'll notice Indian Lake Mountain in the distance on your right.

At 2.4 miles you will reach the former trailhead and parking area. A side trail on the right travels the last 400 feet to a couple of campsites on the shore of this very remote lake in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. What was once an overused area is now seldom visited due to the hiking (or biking) distance to reach the lake. The old road continues straight ahead into West Canada Lakes Wilderness, reaching a difficult crossing of the Indian River at 3.3 miles and then the trail continues on another 2.7 miles to the extremely remote Horn Lake. You can also reach Balsam Lake and Stink Lake from this trail.

Many day hikers first hike to Squaw Lake and then continue along the old road to reach Muskrat Pond and then on to Indian Lake. You can also bike this old road and walk the side trails. Look below for a few pictures and a map of this hike. The Indian Lake Trail is trail #93 on the map below. Try camping in the area at one of the many primitive sites and explore the hiking trails in the area.

 

Barrier along Indian Lake Road and start of hike

Muskrat Creek along the trail

Campsite on Indian Lake

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