Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area

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Hoist Lake foot travel area encompasses almost 10,000 acres of pine, aspen and hardwood forest. There are 19 miles of looped trail. Hiking trails and back-country skiing are permitted; however, there are no groomed trails. Cross country skiing ranges from moderate to more difficult/most difficult due to length of trails. Hiking ranges from moderate to more difficult/most difficult. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed season is from April 30 to December 15 at trailheads. Trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Recreation Day Use Fee

  • $5.00/Day
Permit Info: Special Use Permit –

  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).

Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.

Open Season: April 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Allowed –

  • Nonmotorized Use, Nonmotorized Over-snow Use

Prohibited –

  • Motorized Vehicles, Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
  • Pack and Saddle Animals
  • Bicycles

As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders –

  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas
  • Occupancy and Use
  • Hoist Lake, Reid Lake and Silver Valley Areas
Closest Towns: Curran
Water: Vault
Restroom: None
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station – (989) 739-0728
Information Center:
  • Huron Shores Ranger Station 989-739-0728
  • Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center 989-362-8961
  • Email r9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

General Information

Directions:

Hoist Lake East Trailhead and Parking Lot

From Grayling –

  • Travel east on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on M-72/M-33 for 5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on M-72 for 15.9 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on M-65/M-72 for 6.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on FR 4182 for <.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

From Harrisville –

  • Travel west on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on M-65 for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on FR 4182 for <.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

Hoist Lake West Trailhead and Parking Lot

From Grayling –

  • Travel east on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on M-72/M-33 for 5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on M-72 for 15.9 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on M-65/M-72 for .75 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on F-32/Aspen Alley Rd. for 5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on FR 3977 for <.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location – Hoist/Reid Lake Areas

Nearby Recreation Areas –

  • Reid Lake Area
  • Horseshoe Lake Campground
  • Horseshoe Lake Boat Launch
  • O’Brien Lake

Acreage – 9,700

County – Alcona

Seasonal and Other Information –

  • This site is not gated during the off season
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilties are available.

Fishing

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fish Species North Hoist Lake: SunfishSouth Hoist Lake: Trout
Fishing Method Fly, Pole
Fishing Platform No
Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Water/Flow Level Maximum depth: North Hoist Lake: 10 feet

South Hoist Lake: 24 feet

Water Temperature Cold
Accessible Platform No
Cleaning Station No

Ice Fishing

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