The name of this site comes from the linear plateau which resembles the ridge between the shoulders of a hog. Walk the 3 mile trail along the hog's back and see evidence of the glacier that rested here more than 10,000 years ago.
Check out this excellent birding site with nearly 300 species recorded!
A Hogsback is a linear ridge composed of steeply tilted hard and soft rock protruding out of the surrounding landscape. The soft rock erodes faster than the capping harder rock above. A cliff forms where the two different rock types meet. The steep side slopes are greater than 30-40 degrees, and must be nearly symmetrical on each ridge. This hogsback rises 40 feet and separates Marble Lake from Hottes Lake.
This site has shallow lakes, marshes, uplands, and woods, making it a great wildlife viewing site due to its variety. Waterfowl, Shorebirds, Gulls, Pelicans, Grebes, Osprey and 28 species of Warblers have been seen here. Also look for Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Great-crested Flycather and migrating thrush in the spring and fall. Great Blue Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron have nested at Grover's Lake on the far north end of the Kettleson Hogsback area. Take special note of the Great Blue Heron rookery on the island at Hottes Lake.
Hottes Lake is an excellent site for canoeing and kayaking, an opportunity to get closer to wildlife.
The trail is great for cross-country skiing or a snowshoe hike. Get out in the winter and see the hog from a different perspective!
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