The Hiawatha National Forest is located in the northern stretch of Michigan.
Where is this Forest?



Hiawatha National Forest

Your "Great Lakes National Forest"


Sunrise over Grand Island's East Channel, with Grand Island National Recreation Area on the left and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the right.Located in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest's dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan -- three of the five great lakes. Our lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and abundance of snow create a place of respite and play within a day's drive of urban and rural areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, other nearby states and international locations.  Learn more: check out these feature stories about your Great Lakes National Forest!

Hiawatha Monitoring Transition to Meet 2012 Planning Rule Requirements

Learn more about the changes t on our Planning Page.

Hiawatha Highlights (Summer 2016 Newsletter)

Interested in learning more about Hiawatha National Forest doings, check out our latest newsletter.

New Volunteer Caretakers Settle in at Point Iroquois Light House

Meet Peg and Doug Hoort...

Timber Sales

Hiawatha National Forest is committed to environmentally sound management. Timber sales are one tool for accomplishing this objective. More...

Recent News


Fall Color Information

Valley Spur Fall Color

Each year as nights begin to get longer, the trees begin to change from the vibrant gree of summer to the warm tones of gold, orange and red.    The amount of rain and the temperature affects how bright colors are.   Warm, sunny days with cool nights are usually the best falls for viewing color.


Great Lakeshores

Visitors enjoy the Hiawatha

The Hiawatha offers visitors access to undeveloped shores of three of America’s great inland seas -- Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.

Great Lighthouses

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Six historic lighthouses stand on Hiawatha’s Great Lakes shorelines, five of which are owned entirely or in part by the Forest Service.


Great Islands

Relax and enjoy our islands and lakeshores!

The Hiawatha boasts four distinctly different Great Lakes islands. Each offers something unique to visitors.

Great Snow

Skiers follow trail in wooded area.

When there’s no snow elsewhere, winter sports enthusiasts look to the U.P. With 200 inches of snowfall yearly in some areas, it’s no wonder!