DI Township Park and Heritage Trail by Betty Bailey
Drummond Island Park
Photo by D. Sandell
The Drummond Island Township Park is located approximately 6 miles from the Ferry Dock. A directional sign on the left-hand side of M-134 leads you down a very winding hard packed gravel road to the park entrance (0.5 miles). It is a first come, first served park, no reservations. You can elect to use the park on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
One of the beauties of this park is its vast tree canopy, located on the rocky shore facing west. The sunsets are gorgeous! One section of the park leads you to a sand beach, where the water is nice and shallow about 100 yards out. From the beach you can walk to a neighboring small island, which the kids really enjoy.
Photo by P. Strom
The park can accommodate RV’s as well as tents. There are 43 sites; three quarters of the sites have electric hook-up. There are two spigoted drinking water wells, concrete boat launch ramp, centrally located pavilion and out houses. Each campsite provides a picnic table and fire pit. Fire wood can be purchased at Wazz’s Party Plus, Sune’s Home Center and sometimes in the park. Grocery stores and restaurants are about two mile east.
Showers can be purchased at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven, Fort Drummond Marine, and Wa-Wen Resort (each about 4 miles from the park)
The Drummond Island Heritage Trail located next to the park is another nice feature. This trail is utilized for hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, nature walking. The lower section is approximately one mile, and the upper section is another mile.
Drummond Island Tourist Association (DITA) 906-493-5245, 800-737-8666
The Heritage Trail is a 3.0 mile nature hiking and snowshoe trail located at the Drummond Island Township Park. It provides a unique experience for birding, hiking or geocaching in the warmer months and snowshoeing in winter. There is great variety for a trail of this size. The Lower Level leads you through beautiful woodlands as it travels to the rocky beaches that define the Drummond Island shoreline. The Upper Levels wind along unique limestone ledges and shallow caves. There is a 50foot drop in elevation along the trail. Trail use is free.
The varied forest terrain and location on the shore of Potagannissing Bay bring many different habitats together in a small geographical area. Flora lovers will enjoy the woodland flowers that mark the inner trial system and are seen in great numbers in the small natural forest openings. Traveling through many habitats, the trail is rich in woodland wildlife in every season. Look for whitetail deer and signs of other animals on your hike. Watch for forest birds along the trail, and waterfowl and loons on the bay.
The trailhead is located on the park entrance road, 0.3 miles from M134. Parking is available at the trailhead. Bathroom facilities are available at the Township Park in summer months. The trail is marked with wooden directional signs and “You Are Here” location maps. The majority of the trail can be hiked or snowshoed easily by the novice. Upper levels of trail require moderate ability to traverse uneven terrain. Trail maps are available at the trailhead, the Drummond Island Tourism Association (DITA) office, and at www.dixcc.com
All of this information, including printable maps and more, can be viewed at The Drummond Island Cross Country Club website www.dixcc.com