Landowner Rights & Trail User Responsibilities

The Waskahegan Trail is a unique resource that exists only because of the generosity of landowners. Before you set foot on the trail:

  1. Know the landowner rights and the trail user responsibilities.
  2. Check the trail conditions

Verdant Kopp Lake

Seven people came out to hike the Kopp Lake trail on a splendid sunny day. We melded as one in our enjoyment of the lovely, quiet verdant surroundings.

The area is renowned for its carpet of wild strawberries. And the bluebells (lungwort) were everywhere.

We also saw columbines again. What great year for columbines!

We looked up in time to watch two pelicans fly past us. There was also an abundance of redwing blackbirds and other birds that were possibly terns.

We managed to make our way around a newly-downed tree.

Thanks to John for scouting and leading the hike, to Trail Maintenance for their fine work, and to the landowners for their continuing permission. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re hiking next

Middle Battle River Hike to Fidler’s Monument

Thirteen people came out to hike the trail from the old Duhamel campground going west to Fidler’s Monument.

The trail has a tremendous variety of landscapes, starting with an old spruce forest. Unlike most forests on the Waskehagen Trail, this one lets in much dappled light to support a vast green undergrowth of ferns, mosses, bunchberries, strawberries, and raspberry and elderberry bushes.

Coming out of the forest, we arrived at a pond that was formerly a gravel quarry. With its backdrop of spruce trees, one would expect to see a moose here standing in the water. We always stop at this pond to linger a while on the way back.

Another point of interest is the oxbow lake, formerly part of the Battle River, but cut off from it with continuing erosion and silt deposits at the bow’s ends.

As you would expect in the middle of June, the flowers were abundant. These included columbines, shooting stars, buffalo bean, prickly rose, lungworts, and Solomon’s seal. At the monument, a tree swallow protectively blocked the hole in its nesting box.

Thanks to Elizabeth and Lee for scouting and leading the hike, to Trail Maintenance who put in a lot work to clear the trail, and to the landowners for their continuing support. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Discover where we’re hiking next.