Pintail Pond Nature Trail is a nature lover's delight. As part of the 13-mile trail network at Rifle River Recreation Area, more than a dozen interpretive signs and an accompanying trail brochure, available at the trailhead, enhance the visitor's walk. As the habitats change so do the wildlife and plant life. Expect to see woodlands comprised of white birch, tag alder, aspen, tamarack, black spruce, white pines, and white cedar. Look to the forest floor and wetlands for a variety of plant life including sundew, pitcher plants and pond lilies. Along with innumerable small game and a few large game, a flurry of birdlife including the exotic Mandarin duck is known to visit.
Anglers occasionally use the trail because it skirts the cold waters of Gamble Creek, known as a brown trout fishery. Fishing seasons apply. Check with park staff or printed DNR regulations before dropping a line.
Note: Hunters do use this area during the fall hunting season; wear blaze orange when hiking.
Directions: From Rose City, MI, Take F-28 east approximately 5 miles to the entrance. Turn right onto Ranch Road where the trailhead rests across from the park's campground entrance.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Distance: 1.0 miles
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