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Straight Lake State Park Trail descriptions

Hiking Ice Age Trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail

From the headwaters of the Trade River to Straight Lake and the Straight River, this beautiful stretch of trail meanders for nearly 6 miles through the park. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail route is marked with yellow blazes. After leaving the park boundary to the west, the Ice Age Trail continues northwest towards the town of Frederic, and leaving the park boundary to the east, the trail travels towards the McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area. The western terminus of the entire Ice Age Trail is in Interstate State Park near St. Croix Falls, about 20 miles from Straight Lake.

Hiking Rainbow Lake Trail

This challenging 1-mile loop trail provides excellent views of Rainbow Lake and the surrounding landscape. The trail starts at the picnic area parking lot and can be used to connect to the Ice Age Trail and the Glacial Trail. The trail has a natural surface with steep terrain.

Hiking Glacial Trail

This 0.8-mile trail provides views of the hummocky terrain left behind after the last Ice Age. The trail meanders from the Rainbow Lake Trail to the eastern boundary of the park, where it meets the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The trail has a natural surface with some steep terrain.

Hiking Straight Lake Trail

This 0.9-mile trail traverses the highland on the south side of Straight Lake, providing some excellent views of the lake before working its way to the southern lake shore. All access trails to the campsites are along the trail which has natural surface or gravel.

Last revised: Wednesday December 13 2017