Explore Allemansrätt Park and Bull Lake
Starting at the Lindstrom Beach, Canoe/kayak north under the Highway 8 bridge into North Lindstrom Lake. Look to the north end of the lake for a sign directing you to a narrow channel under the County Road 20 bridge. After the bridge you are in a channel between North Lindstrom lake and North Center Lake.
The channel is full of Lilly Pads but stay near the shore and they are easier to navigate through. Follow the channel east to the sign that directs you toward Bull Lake, south. Portage over the little foot bridge and enter a slough covered with Duck Weed. Continue through the channel into the clear and cold 14-acre Bull Lake. You’re now in Allemansrätt Park.
“Allemansrätt – A Wilderness and Swedish Heritage Park.” The term ‘Allemansrätt’, a Swedish philosophy of right of public access including an implicit responsibility to protect and conserve. Allemansrätt Park occupies 125 acres of wilderness, including the secluded 14-acre Bull Lake. The park has over 10,000 feet of shoreline and showcases unique ecological features such as glacial eskers and ephemeral wetlands, a high quality oak forest, with over 100 species of birds that seasonally migrate through the park. Allemansrätt has three miles of trails and includes a pavilion located on Bull Lake and the Anderson Historical House and two boat in campsites on the Anderson Peninsula.
From Bull Lake, look across the lake to the east and see the portage bringing you to the east side of the park. Follow the portage signs to the Olinda Trail entrance. From the entrance go north, (left) along the gravel road, to the North Center Lake access. Canoe/kayak to the Anderson Peninsula Point and store your canoe. Pack into the campsites for an overnight or walk the 33 acre peninsula trails.
Trip time: 3 hour roundtrip. Spend the day enjoying the Pavilion at Bull Lake and walking the trails then return to the Lindstrom Beach or, stay at one of the first come first serve campsites on the Anderson Peninsula. Allemansrätt is a “Carry in, Carry out” Park.
Trip distance: 1.5 miles, portage ½ mile and canoe ½ mile, double for roundtrip or continue one mile to the Center City DNR Boat Ramp, then walk the 1.5 miles back to Lindstrom Beach.