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River in fall forest of NHAL Canoe Trip #5 in Vilas County, Wisconsin

NHAL Canoe Trip #5

A longer trip with many campsite locations or break into smaller trips with various take-out locations. Beginning at White Sand Lake north of Hwy. K, travel south across a portage from White Sand to Lost Canoe. From Lost Canoe, portage into Pallette which has three portages. The portage to Stevenson Springs keeps you on the route to Trout Lake. The portage to Escanaba can be a side trip. Escanaba Lake is 100% state owned and a beautiful place to paddle. Be aware that Escanaba and Pallette are research lakes and no fishing is allowed without a permit. Permits must be returned by the end of each day. Staying on the route and portaging to Stevenson Springs will bring you to a sand road. Pull over on this road to a small creek which flows to the North Trout Campground and boat landing. Beaver dams will be located along this stretch. The White Sand to North Trout Campground section of this route can be used as a day or overnight trip. From South Trout Lake, take the Trout River which passes through Wild Rice, Alder, and Manitowish Lakes. Paddling north across Manitowish Lake and under the Hwy. 51 bridge into Spider allows you to connect with the Manitowish River canoe route (NHAL Canoe Route-Trip 3).

Trail Details



  • Pets Allowed
  • Water Views


From Boulder Junction continue south on County Highway M about 2 miles to County Hwy K then turn east on K. Continue about 4 miles to Nixon Lake Road and turn North about 2/10 of a mile to the put-in on the east shore of White Sand Lake.