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Allegan State Game Area

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48 mi 77 km of trail 1 Recommended Route

Easy Trails 13 Trails Intermediate Trails 4 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Allegan State Game Area is a 50,000 acre forest that attracts campers, hikers, bikers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, horse trail riders, and hunters. The area designated as the mountain bike trails are shared with skiers in the winter.

This trail network is located in west-central Allegan County, Michigan. The area around the State Game Area is similar in many respects, being predominantly wooded and rural in nature, with some pockets of agriculture mixed in. No large communities are found in this portion of the county.

Visiting Tips

November 15-30 is deer hunting season. It is best to not hike or ride your horses in this area at that time.

It's also close to Ely Lake Campground, so you can easily make a long weekend traveling through unfamiliar territory.

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Recommended Routes in Allegan State Game Area - 1

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Favorite Springtime at Ely Lake at Ely Lake Campground which is a stop-over on the Wakazoo Trail.
Intermediate

Wakazoo Loop

14.5 mi 23.3 km 898' Up 273.59 m Up 898' Down 273.72 m Down

Allegan, MI

Trails in Allegan State Game Area - 16

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11.4 mi 18.3 km #1Wakazoo Trail (aka Northwest Trail)
Intermediate
Allegan, MI
Intermediate
Allegan, MI
0.7 mi 1.2 km #2Crooked Lake Loop Trail
Easy
Fennville, MI
Easy
Fennville, MI
0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Little Tom Swamp Trail
Intermediate
Fennville, MI
Intermediate
Fennville, MI
1.6 mi 2.6 km #4Allegan Pine Plains Natural Area Trail
Easy
Fennville, MI
Easy
Fennville, MI
9.8 mi 15.7 km #5Swan Creek Trail (North and South)
Intermediate
Allegan, MI
Intermediate
Allegan, MI
1.2 mi 1.9 km #6Ely Lake Loop Trail
Intermediate
Fennville, MI
Intermediate
Fennville, MI
4.1 mi 6.5 km #7SC5 Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
3.4 mi 5.5 km #8SC7 Trail
Easy
Fennville, MI
Easy
Fennville, MI
3.4 mi 5.5 km #9SC6 Trail
Easy
Fennville, MI
Easy
Fennville, MI
3.1 mi 5.0 km #10SC4 Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
2.0 mi 3.3 km #11SC2 Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
3.1 mi 4.9 km #12SC1 Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
0.7 mi 1.1 km #13SC7 Connector Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
0.7 mi 1.1 km #14SC5 Connector Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
1.0 mi 1.6 km #15SC3 Trail
Easy
Allegan, MI
Easy
Allegan, MI
0.6 mi 0.9 km #16SC7 Connector Trail
Easy
Fennville, MI
Easy
Fennville, MI

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Springtime at Ely Lake at Ely Lake Campground which is a stop-over on the Wakazoo Trail.
Dec 31, 2017 near Fennville, MI
Late April viewing between the trees at Crooked Lake at a pair of Canada Geese.
Apr 28, 2018 near Fennville, MI
Tree roots are good and bad.  Good to grip feet, but they make the trail a bit of a challenge. East side of North Swan Creek Trail.
Mar 10, 2018 near Allegan, MI
Little Tom Lake in the background.
Jan 27, 2018 near Fennville, MI
Trail headed to Crooked Lake to view wetland dependent wildlife.
Apr 28, 2018 near Fennville, MI
Beautiful fall day on the Wakazoo Trail
Sep 26, 2018 near Fennville, MI
Eastern Hognose Snake aka "puff adder" crossing the trail in the fall. When confronted, the hognose snake will suck in air; spread the skin around its head and neck, hiss, and lunge pretending to strike. Despite the show, hognose snakes almost never bite.
Sep 26, 2018 near Fennville, MI
Ely Lake County Campground in Allegan State Game Area
Jun 25, 2018 near Fennville, MI