Petersburg Wildlife Viewing
Three Lakes Trail

photo of Three Lakes Trail area wildlife The Three Lakes Trail leads to Sand, Hill and Crane lakes. Look for moose at any time during the year, and black bears in the summer. Beavers are also found here, changing the landscape with their dams and lodges. Sandhill cranes occasionally visit these lakes during their annual spring and fall migrations. This 4½-mile trail is mostly boardwalk planks over gradual terrain, but does have steep sections. There are trailheads for short trails to each lake, each of which is connected to the 4½-mile loop.


The trail passes through rich muskeg and forest habitats between each of the three lakes.


  • Beaver
  • Black Bear
  • Moose
  • Sandhill Crane


Look for tracks, scat and markings on trees to let you know bears or moose are in the area.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities


The Three Lakes Loop Road is a well-maintained unpaved road with a few bumpy sections.

Plan to spend at least: 3 -4 hours

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The Three Lakes Trail is twenty-one miles from downtown Petersburg along the Three Lakes Loop road, which meets the Mitkof Highway at miles 10 and 20.


Petersburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau - (907) 772-4636 or USDA Forest Service, Petersburg Ranger District - (907) 772-3871 or

Additional Information

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