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


Welcome to the Hiawatha National Forest

Your "Great Lakes National Forest"


Fall Color

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!



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.

Timber Sales

A slash bundler gathers woody biomass into manageable bundles.

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


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!