Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing on an impoundment on the Au Sable River.Walk-on ice fishing is permitted on National Forest Lands. No vehicles may be driven onto the ice of any lake, pond, stream or river on the National Forest. Ice fishing is done at the fishermans own risk.


The forest adheres to State licensing regulations, including size and quantity limits.

Some sites charge a camping fee, but not a day use fee. Only sites that charge a day use fee are listed below.

Parent Location Recreation Site
Hoist/Reid Lake Reid - M-72 Trailhead
Manistee River Blacksmith Bayou
Manistee/Wellston Pine Lake
North Country Trail Benton Lake
Nichols Lake South
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Ice Fishing Areas

  • Au Sable River area description
  • Au Sable Area
  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas area description
  • Hoist Lake Area
  • O'Brien Lake Fishing Access
  • Reid Lake
  • Hungerford Recreation Area area description
  • Hungerford Lake Boat Launch and Campsites
  • M-37: White Cloud to Baldwin area description
  • Benton Lake Campground
  • Condon Lakes West
  • Indian Lake Campground
  • Minnie Pond Campground
  • Nichols Lake South Campground
  • Shelley Lake Campground
  • Twinwood Lake Campground
  • Walkup Lake Campground
  • Pine Lake Campground
  • Manistee River area description
  • Manistee National Recreation River area description
  • Blacksmith Bayou Access Site
  • Manistee River Area
  • Pere Marquette River area description
  • Bowman Lake Area area description
  • Whelan Lake Area