Trout Lake Access
Nearly 100 resources and points of interest have been identified along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route. Some of the spots are well known such as the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area or the Crosslake Historic Log Village. Others are not as commonly recognized.
Each of the quarterly issues of Inkslinger will highlight one of these lesser known Byway points of interest.
Trout Lake Public Access
The access is located on the west side of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 66, about a quarter mile north of Manhattan Beach Lodge. For a short period of time during the early 1980’s it was leased to the City of Manhattan Beach. The property was returned to the US Army Corps of Engineers and the public access has continued to become more popular.
The access is near the flooded wetland pond that Meyer Creek beaver dam failures has created over recent years, forming a miniature wildlife haven directly north of the access entry drive. So stunning is this site that it was selected by artist, Tom Ottoson, as the inspiration for one of the oils from his first art series, Scenes Along the Byway.
In the mid-1980’s, the access became the location for summer swimming lessons before the beaches at Crosslake’s Corps of Engineers Campground were made available.
In winter and summer alike, the Trout Lake access is one of the most used on the Whitefish Chain. On your next trip along the Paul Bunyan National Scenic Byway, take a few minutes to check out the view and enjoy the wildlife at this interesting and easily accessible Byway location.