Sherriff Creek Trails

The Sherriff Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the City of Elliot Lake, offers well defined hiking trails traversing marshes and forested areas which offer superb opportunities for birding.

A bird blind is located near the beginning of the sanctuary and loon and goose nesting platforms and bird boxes have been built and erected by members of the Penokean Hills Field Naturalists, volunteers who generously maintain the park for all residents and tourists alike.

Many forms of animal life are being successfully protected in this area. There is a great variety of waterfowl, wading and other smaller birds nesting on site. Mammals such as mink, beaver, otter, and groundhogs live and raise their families in this sanctuary. There are also many species of reptiles and amphibians. Up to a dozen different species of frogs can be heard and seen in the marsh habitat. There are at least 14 species of native orchids growing at Sherriff Creek along with hundreds of other native herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. A species list is being developed by the naturalists to inventory all wildlife, both plant and animal, on the site.

There are several trails to choose from, all with the chance to catch a rare glimpse of the wildlife that call this area home. The trails are:

  • Cattail Marsh
  • Tamarack Bog
  • Beaver Meadow
  • Upland Mixed Forest
  • Lowland Transition Forest
  • Horne Lake

The Horne Lake trail extends outside of Sherriff Creek and is challenging with some spectacular views. The 6 km route goes all the way round Horne Lake, with the option of further trails up the cliffs.

For a more detailed description of the Sherriff Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, click here.