The Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary in Michigan
Celebrate wildflowers at Michigan’s Loda Lake during National Wildflower Week, May 5-11.
Beautiful Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary near White Cloud, Michigan, is a diverse ecosystem that consists of a small, spring-fed lake, a creek, wetlands and two wooded areas, one comprised primarily of pines, the other of oak trees. Visitors who wish to explore the sanctuary may purchase a $5 pass for a day or buy a week-long or even a yearly pass.
Loda Lake has two self-guided hiking trails that take visitors on a lovely tour through the 72-acre wildflower sanctuary. The shorter of the two trails is a half mile long. The longer trail is about a mile and a half in length. The longer trail takes about an hour to complete if you take advantage of the wildflower viewing posts along the way. So that your feet don’t get wet, as the trail passes through wetland areas, it becomes a boardwalk.
The trail guide that’s available to visitors corresponds with the viewing posts and explains what you’re seeing. And there’s a lot to see. There are hundreds of wildflower species at Loda Lake, including columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit, pink lady’s slipper, sundew, swamp milkweed and trailing arbutus.
For over 75 years, Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. has partnered with the USDA Forest Service, the Huron-Manistee National Forest and the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District in order to ensure the survival of the native wildflowers at Loda Lake, some of which are endangered.
If you’re interested in visiting Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary, you’ll have no trouble finding it. It’s situated between the small towns of Brohman and White Cloud in the Huron-Manistee National Forest off Highway M-37.