Recreation

Family walking along North Beach on Grand Island Recreation Area

2015 Superior Wildlands Visitor Newspaper

Welcome

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 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 OpenĀ 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

Happy 25th Anniversary Grand Island!

In recognition of the island's twenty-five years as a National Recreation Area, the Forest Service is sponsoring a free "Grand Island Day" event including free ferry transportation and bus tour, and special programs throughout the day.  Bring the family and come check it out!  For more details, check out the event news release.

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.  For the 2014 season, the passenger ferry service to Grand Island will operate under a new 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 or at (877)-444-6777 (toll-free).

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here

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