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Ottawa National Forest

Raw, unspoiled nature! Breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls comprise the nearly 1 million acres of the Ottawa. Hike, bike, ski, camp, canoe, fish or enjoy interpretive programs. You name it and The Wilds of Michigan allows you to experience it!

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Interpretive Programs
The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet offers special interpretive programs on Thursday evenings beginning in June. Contact the Visitor Center for details at 906-358-4724. For more information please visit the Ottawa National Forest website.

Signature Sites

Get Rugged


This wilderness area offers canoe and kayak camping, 30 miles of hiking trails, amazing old growth forests and peaceful, pristine lakes.

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Ease into Nature


This trail covers eight miles of the 116 miles of North Country Trail located within the Ottawa National Forest.

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