Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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The Ottawa Visitor Center is located at the junction of US 2 and US 45 in Watersmeet, Michigan.  A new Ottawa National Forest film presentation showing the beautiful north woods through the seasons is shown every half hour daily during the summer months, with special interpretive programs on Thursday evenings beginning in June. The center is fully accessible and features exhibits, interpretive association sales outlet, and a nature trail. There is no charge at this facility. 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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter Hours:  Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. (CST)
Operational Hours: Winter Hours:  Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. (CST) Summer Hours:  Open daily, 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. (CST)  Open until 8:30 p. m. on Thursdays for evening programs.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees No fee.
Permit Info: Firewood, Bough, and Christmas Tree Permits are available at Visitor Center.
Open Season: January
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January-December
Busiest Season: May-September
Closest Towns: Ironwood, MI, is 46 miles to the west and Iron River, MI, is 30 miles to the east. Houghton, MI, is 68 miles to the North.
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Yes
Passes: You can purchase your Ineragency Pass's at the Visitor Center
Operated By: Ottawa National Forest

General Information


Located at the intersections of US45 and US2 in Watersmeet Michigan.

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Toilets Indoor
Accessible Ramp and accessible doors lead to the Visitor Center
Picnic tables 4 located on lawn in front of Visitor Center
Interpretive Site Interpretive Walking Trail 1/2 mile in length
Drinking water