Recreation

Welcome -- Great Lakeshores, Great Lighthouses, Great Islands, Great Snow

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When you first enter the Hiawatha National Forest, look around. At first glance, you'll see a forest with abundant wildlife, miles of rivers and streams, and dozens of waterfalls. You'll see a forest that touches the scenic shorelines and beaches of three Great Lakes, and is home to six historic lighthouses. You'll notice Grand Island and Round Island, two great lakes islands. You'll see historical structures, archaeological sites, and prehistoric Native American artifacts that are a window to our past, which are being preserved for our future.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Autrain Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 1
Bay Furnace Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
Bay View Campground Open to Visitor Open May 21 thru October 15
Big Island Lake Wilderness Open to Visitor
Brevoort Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 15
Camp 7 Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
Carp River Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 15
Colwell Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
Corner Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open April 15 thru September 3
Flowing Well Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
Foley Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Haymeadow Creek Dispersed Campsite Open to Visitor Open April 15 thru December 1
Indian River Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
Island Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru September 03
Lake Michigan Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 15
Little Bay De Noc Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 8
McKeever Cabin Open to Visitor Open Year Round
Monocle Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 21 thru October 15
Petes Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 1
Soldier Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open May 21 thru October 15
Three Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru September 30
Toms Lake Cabin Open to Visitor Open Year Round
Widewaters Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15 thru October 1

Spotlights

Grand Island National Recreation Area

Grand Island's beautiful North Beach

Bring the family and check out Grand Island National Recreation Area!

Grand Island is located in Lake Superior, about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Munising is about 43 miles from Marquette and 55 miles from Manistique. Grand Island is the perfect place to spend a day or even just a few hours biking and exploring. The island’s breathtaking overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make it an exciting and secluded destination.

Visitors can get to the island via passenger ferry or private watercraft. The ferry departs from Grand Island Landing on the mainland, located on M-28 about 2.5 miles west of the Munising's blinking light. Look for the Grand Island National Recreation Area signs.  The passenger ferry service to Grand Island operates under a concessionaire.  For ferry schedule and bike rental information contact Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc at (906) 387-2600.

For information about Grand Island Bus Tours, contact Alger County Transit (Altran) at (906) 387-4845.

To learn about rustic rental cabins available on the island Click Here.  For rustic cabin and group campsite reservations on Grand Island NRA, contact Recreation.gov online  (search 'Campsite on Grand Island') or at (877)-444-6777 (toll-free).

***NEW IN 2016 – Campsites on Grand Island National Recreation Area require reservations between June 15 and Labor Day.  Before and after this timeframe, all sites will remain first-come, first-served.  Please plan ahead and make your 2016 reservations now at www.recreation.gov  or by calling 1-877-444-6777***

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here.

Clear Lake Education Center

The Activities Hall at Clear Lake Education Center

Clear Lake Education Center is a place for people of all ages to come and connect with their natural world through integrated educational and recreational programs. The Camp is located near Shingleton, Michigan in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.  Go to http://www.clearlakeinfo.org/ for more information

Christmas/Grand Island West Channel Range Light

During the hey-day of water transportation on Lake Superior, mariners lined up on pairs of "range lights," thus guided along a safe course through dangerous shallows of the island's west channel.  Today, visitors can view these range lights, conveniently located off of Highway M-28.

Areas & Activities

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