The Huron-Manistee National Forests is located in the northern mainland part of Michigan.
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Fact: The Huron-Manistee National Forests are the only National Forests in Lower Michigan.

The Huron-Manistee National Forests comprise almost a million acres of public lands extending across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.  The Huron-Manistee National Forests provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife, and resources for local industry.

The forests of northern Michigan are rich in history.  In the late 1800s logging was at its peak and these forests were quickly cut and cleared.  In 1909, the Huron National Forest was established and the Manistee National Forest was formed in 1938. In 1945, these two National Forests were administratively combined.  Working hand in hand with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other partners, the Forest Service has changed the lands into healthy forests again.  We've made great progress in recovering these lands but a great deal of work remains, much of which is being done through partnerships.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Recreation

A group of scouts hiking the trail near Nichols Lake.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about recreation and finding recreation information on our website.

Fall Color Information

Sawdust Hole - gold tree

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.  

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I Need a Firewood Permit!

stack of firewood providing specifications for cord and CCF size

Firewood Permits are available starting April 1st.  Check out the firewood cutting maps available on-line!

I Need a Recreation Pass!

Interagency Annual Pass

Need a recreation pass?  Look here for information on the variety of passes available.  Buy on-line, through the mail or in person!


I Need a Map!

Huron Visitor Map Cover

Looking for an on-line road map?   Need a map for one of our many trails or rivers?   Visit the Maps and Publications section of the website.  

I Need a Watercraft Permit!

Pine National Scenic River, Low Bridge overlook

Visit the Pine and Pere Marquette Permit page for information on when you need a permit, how to get permits and tips for finding the permits on