Added by Patrick Cole
Explore over 5 miles of hiking trails near the 24 acre, crystal-clear Lake Joanis. You'll find varied microclimates like wetlands, mature and young growth forests. This spot is ideal for day hikes and exploration without straying far from populated areas.
280-acre Schmeeckle Reserve is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. Everything about it is in pristine condition. You will almost certainly encounter wildlife, and sometimes the wildlife is quite curious. I have had deer walk within five feet of me while I was laying in my hammock.
The Reserve is covered in trails, but the most scenic are the Lake Loop Trail and the Moses Creek Trail. Start at the lake trailhead and follow along the south side of the lake, then take the first right turn onto Moses Creek Trail. This will take you out along a wetlands area with a creek that appears red due to its sediment. Once to the end of Moses Creek, follow the Green Circle Trail back to the trailhead.
However, don't be afraid to leave the trails and jump into the forests. Schmeeckle Reserve is ideal for hammocking and hanging out, so don't rush your hike.
In the winter or early spring, hike out across the ice to Lake Joanis' island. Overnights are not allowed, so no need for a tent or supplies in that aspect.
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