Seasons of Wildlife

Various wildlife can be viewed along Pendills Creek and along Lake Superior’s shoreline. Continue into the Hiawatha National Forest along U.S. Forest Service Road 3157 for varying hardwood forests to pine plantations.

Featured Species

The lake trout is a freshwater char living as a main predator in the Great Lakes. Other names for it include mackinaw, lake char or charr, touladi, togue and grey trout. Around Lake Superior, they are also known as siscowet, paperbellies and leans. Lake trout are prized both as game fish and as a food fish.

Lake trout are native to the Great Lakes and historically provided a large commercial fishery. Wild lake trout populations nearly vanished in the Upper Great Lakes, including lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior, in the 1940s and 1950s after years of overfishing and losses from parasitic sea lamprey. Hatchery stocking was initiated in an effort to stop the decline of this valuable resource. The development and initiation of effective control of sea lamprey in the 1960s resulted in increased survival of stocked lake trout.