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

Your "Great Lakes National Forest"

Grand Island North LightLocated in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest is known as "the Great Lakes National Forest." The Forest's dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan -- three of the five great lakes -- where our outstanding lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and snow create a playground and place of respite within a day's drive from major 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!

Divided into two major blocks of land (our East and West Units) and five districts, we're home to Grand Island National Recreation Area, Whitefish Scenic Byway, six lighthouses, five Wildernesses, and Clear Lake Education Center.  In addition to recreation opportunities, visitors will find a wide array of habitats, including northern hardwoods, jackpine & other conifers, and a variety of inland wetland habitats.

With so many opportunities in one place, it's easy to see what makes us special!  Explore our web pages for more natural history information and vacation ideas, and let us know if you need additional information! 

Fall Color

'Tis the season!  Fall is a great time of year to tour the Hiawatha.  Visit our Scenic Driving webpage for more information and suggested routes.

Grand Island NRA

For the 2014 season, the ferry service to Grand Island will operate under a new concessionaire, Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc;  at this time they do not have a website available, but when it goes live we will provide the link on our Grand Island NRA home page.  For fee and schedule information or ferry reservations, connect with Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc. at (906) 387-2600.

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Spotlights

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!