Ottawa Visitor Center








The Visitor Center offers a variety of services, including: environmental education programs for children and adults, maps, area information, interpretive exhibits, accessible trails and an Ottawa Interpretive Association sales outlet.

No fees are charged for admission to the Visitor Center or for interpretive programming. Buses are welcome! The Ottawa Visitor Center has been open to the public since May 1971. The mission of the Center is to foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources of the Ottawa National Forest.

Through interpretive programs and displays, our goal is to help build public understanding and appreciation of our natural resources that leads to safe, wise and caring use of the Forest

Summer Hours Beginning May 18, 2015

Daily :  9:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Fall Hours Beginning October 1, 2015

                     Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m .(CST)

Services offered at the Visitor Center include:

* Fully accessible facilities
* Forest Service information
* Visitor information
* Forest Product Permits (Please call ahead for availability of Permits)
             Fire Wood Permits
             Bough Permits
             Christmas Tree Permits
             America Beautiful Pass
* Interpretive programs
* Nature films
* Interpretive sales items
* Interpretive hiking trails
* Visitor Center Programs

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Spend an Evening With Us

Special Interpretive programs are offered free of charge throughout the year. Programs are presented in our auditorium and films are shown on our high definition theater equipment.

     Thursday Evening and Special Programs

     To learn more about these programs, or other upcoming events, please call or email our staff at 906-358-4724. We look forward to seeing you!

Directions to Visitor Center

The entrance is located approximately 100 yards east of the US2 & US 45 intersection in Watersmeet, MI.