Back             Northern Bogs and Lakes

Since the glaciers retreat the thousands of years of summer rains and plant growth have deposited soil and organic material, some of the smaller lakes were filled completely, creating meadows.  An abundance of acid loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries and Rhododendrums grow in these areas.

Michigan Inland Lake

The retreating glaciers left behind a landscape strew with large chunks of ice embedded in the land.  Upon melting these formed numerous lakes across the landscape.  Over time spruce, fir, hemlocks and aspen crowded the shores.

Moss

White Cedar

Hemlock Tree

Loon

Black Spruce

A soft lush carpet of moss covers many of  Michigan's bogs White Cedar is a dominate tree in Michigan bogs and swamps. Hemlock trees create a dark, foreboding touch with their dense shade.  These trees can
 live up to 600 years!
The secretive loon can be seen in Northern Michigan Black spruce are common in the Upper Peninsula.