In Wisconsin, United States
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A 1.1 mile walk to McCarthy lake which is the only access except by canoe up the Iron River.
The coordinate should bring you towards the lake from the north near a bridge over the Iron River. You can drive towards the south for a little ways off the main road into a gravel pit area. You'll come up to a gate put up by the forest service that is designed to then be a walk-in trail. From here it's a nice 1.1 mile hike in through different habitats like wetlands, a sandy pine plantation, & mixed hardwoods. Back in the early 80's while deer hunting out here I remember seeing lots of plastic tubing lying on the ground. After talking with locals there was apparently a large-scale maple syrup operation here (1960's) that used the high hill to the west of the trail to enable the flow of maple sap down to the trail area from the hill. They tapped the trees and attached the plastic tubing to the trees and joined many trees together thus flowing the sap to a collection point on the trail below.
Once you arrive at the lake you will be very close to the cache. There has been a blue metal boat out here for many years and I always wanted to use the boat to explore the lake but never attempted it. You can still see the boat which is light blue in color and am not sure if it's able to be used. You could carry a kayak or canoe in and explore the lake which I'm sure nobody has done in many many years. The 42 acre lake was surveyed in 1938 and a lake map can be found online.
I bring my lab down this trail for a grouse hunt each fall and always enjoy this walk very much. We often see signs of deer, bear, wolves, and we're usually successful grouse hunting. I hope you enjoy this walk as not many people know about this lake.
The cache is a very large ammo box and I've started the cache with many things I've collected on my recent world travels. There are many foreign coins, some beer coasters from Amsterdam, some can coolers, kids stickers etc. I left a log book but please also drop a business card if you have one. Enjoy!!!
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View from hill northwest
Last Updated: on 2/4/2013 7:42:46 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (3:42 PM GMT)
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