|Distance||4.6 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
|Best Seasons||Spring, Summer, Fall|
- Remote lake
- Small boardwalk through a bog
The Wolf Lake Trail is primarily used by those staying in the backpack campsite at the trail's end. Wolf Lake is an excellent spot for a quiet lakeside lunch; you can sit on the dock and watch the clouds reflect in the lake. The hike itself isn't special when compared to the other trails in the park, but the lake gives you a motivating destination that loop trails like the Shumway Lake Trail lack.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This trail is a bit long for a family friendly hike; try the Shumway Lake Trail instead. This route is only hikeable in 3 seasons because the Wolf Lake Trail becomes a snowmobile trail in winter and no longer connects to the trails near the campground. Most hikers stick to the Shumway Lake Trail or Hiking Club Loop, so this trail offers greater solitude than others in the park.
From the parking lot, look for the trailhead with the blue Hiking Club signs on the end of the lot opposite the lake. At the intersection ahead, turn to the right. After walking past a nice stand of tall pines and some gradual changes in elevation, you will arrive at a possibly confusing 5 way intersection. Take the trail heading north; this trail is between the Hiking Club Trail on your right, labeled with a blue sign, and the Savanna Portage Trail on your right, which has an interpretive sign on the side a few steps away from the intersection.
Continue straight for the remainder of the hike. Near the end, you will encounter a short boardwalk through a bog, pictured below. Walk slowly here to admire the interesting plants in this environment.
From the Twin Cities, take Interstate 35W north to U.S. Highway 10 west. In Blaine, exit for Minnesota Highway 65 (Central Avenue) and turn right. Follow Minnesota Highway 65 north for about 2 hours. In McGregor, turn left, then turn right to stay on Minnesota Highway 65. Turn right on Lake Ave (County Road 14) and continue straight until the park. Pay your fee at the park office on the right, then turn right and follow the dirt road approximately 1.5 miles to the boat launch area and parking lot.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Like all Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas, you must pay a vehicle entry fee of $7 per day or $35 for an annual pass (highly recommended if you frequently go to Minnesota State Parks). There is a vault toilet, boat launch, fishing dock, and several canoes and small boats for rent (pay at the park office) near this lot.