IRON MOUNTAIN - With the spring weather finally here, members of the Fumee Lake Commission would like to remind the public about the rules and trail etiquette for using the Fumee Lake Natural Area.
The area provides opportunities for walking, jogging, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, photography, and bird watching.
Visitors are asked to:
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Nick Rowell of Iron Mountain gives his puppy, Hugo, a drink from the water fountain near the west entrance at Fumee Natural Area as Colette Singh of Iron Mountain looks on. With spring weather arriving, more people are using the natural area.
- Respect other trail users regardless of their sport, speed, or skill level. In general, bikers should yield to walkers, joggers, and horses. Hikers should yield to horses.
- Stay to the right and pass on the left. When passing people, let them know you are approaching and will be passing on the left. Likewise, when someone is passing you, stay to your right.
- Keep dogs on leashes.
- Remain on the trails to help protect the outdoor environment. However, do not block the trails.
- Practice low-impact trail use. Wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage. When the trail is soft, consider other options such as traveling over trail obstacles instead of around them.
- Not use motorized vehicles, with the exception of electric-powered wheelchairs or other devices for people with disabilities, on the trails. Off-road vehicles are not permitted.
- Respect adjacent private property, and do not pick flowers or plants.
- Carry out any litter and pet waste.
- Use only non-motorized watercraft such as canoes and kayaks on the Big Fumee and Little Fumee lakes. The boating season runs from July 1 to Sept. 30. Fishing is not allowed.
- Not camp overnight or build campfires. Exceptions are made for organized groups that obtain prior permission.
"With emphasis on its natural area status and because it is a multi-use area, it is important that visitors understand guidelines established for the enjoyment and safety of everyone," said commission members. "By following proper trail etiquette and observing the ordinances, you help provide a richer outdoor experience for everyone."
Complete rules are posted at the entrances to the area.
The 1,800 acre Fumee Lake Natural Area is located in Breitung Township between Norway and Quinnesec. The east access is located a few miles off of U.S. 2 on Upper Pine Creek Road. The west access is located directly off Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road on Indiana Mine Road.
For more information, go to www.fumeelakes.org or search for Fumee Lake on Facebook.