Lost Nation State Game Area Area
Exact Location:
Hillsdale County- comprised of several unconnected properties in Jefferson and Pittsford Townships. Managed by the Michigan DNR, purchased and supported by hunter monies.
Lost Nation State Game Area map with North Country Trail
Lost Nation State Game Area boundaries (created from a DNR map with trail overlay)

Semi-Primitive areas with National Forests are protected from vehicular travel and are characterized by a predominantly natural or natural-appearing environment with a moderate probability of experiencing isolation from the sights and sounds of man.

There are over 1100 acres in the Bowman Lake SPA, characterized by glacial features including: Bowman Lake (a kettle lake), kettle hole wetlands, leatherleaf bogs, kames, moraines, and a post-glacial blowout hole.

There are approximately 10 miles of loop and spur trails within the Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive Area. These trails intersect with the 3 included miles of North Country Trail at the 56th St. and 40th St. Trailheads, and also come within a few feet of each other at about the midpoint of the largest loop. All trails are open for hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and skiing (not groomed).

Bowman SPA blowout
A large blowout west of Bowman Lake exposing the sandy soil (photo by jhy)
The Pere Marquette River flows northwest about 1.5 miles east of the SPA. The river can be accessed from Bowman Bridge.

Also see:

Lost Nation State Game Area Master Plan
personal experience

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The North Country National Scenic Trail is 4600 miles long, spanning eight states. For more information, visit the North Country Trail Association