Recreation

The Huron-Manistee National Forests are 976,043 acres of public lands across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. With many recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife and resources for local industry there is something here for everyone. Each year the forest receives approximately 4 million recreation visits.

Recreation

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Au Sable River Primitive Camping Closed to Visitor Reservations needed from May 15 to September 30. No services after September 30.
Bear Creek River Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. Swedish Fiddle to Bindle Stiff Loop on the mountain bike trail is being groomed by the Shoreline Cycling Club - West Michigan for fat tire biking this winter. The rest of Big M ski trails are being groomed for cross-country skiing by the Manistee Ski Club.
Bowman Bridge River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Buttercup Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Cathedral Pines Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Claybanks Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 31.
Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed.
Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed.
Elk Canoe Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to October 31.
Gabions Campground and Day Use Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Gleason's Landing River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Government Landing Closed to Visitor
Green Cottage Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
High Bridge Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Highbanks River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Huron Snowmobile Trails Open to Visitor Trails are groomed when snow is 4 inches or more deep.
Indian Bridge Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Jorgenson Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Closed to Visitor Year-round gate. Trail is not groomed.
Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to October 31.
Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed.
Lower Branch Bridge Trail and Fishing Access Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to September 30.
MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed occasionally.
Manistee River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Manistee Snowmobile Trails Open to Visitor Winter maintenance begins when snow is more than 4 inches deep. Please check conditions before traveling on any trail.
Maple Leaf Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Trail is not groomed.
Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to November 1. This site is gated when closed.
Meadow Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Meadows ORV Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Midland to Mackinaw Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area Closed to Visitor Managed season for Nurnberg Trailhead is from April 1 to November 1.
North Country National Scenic Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Pine River Rearing Run Path Closed to Visitor This trail is not groomed and trailheads/parking areas are not plowed during the winter.
Rainbow Bend Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Rainbow Rapids Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
River Dune Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Rosebush Bend Angler Trail and Fishing Access Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to October 31. Trail is not groomed.
Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail Open to Visitor This trial is not groomed.
Suicide Bend Fishing Site Closed to Visitor Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Sulak Campground Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 1 to October 31.
Tunk Hole River Access Site Closed to Visitor Managed season is from May 15 to December 1
Upper Branch Bridge Landing Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Wakeley Lake Area Open to Visitor Trails are not groomed.

Spotlights

Huron Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile Trails

Alcona County Trail - This trail system is located within Alcona Co.  There is one Forest Service operated trailhead for this trail.  The trail is 45-miles long and links to both the Iosco and Oscoda county snowmobile trails in the winter.

Iosco County Snowmobile Trail - this trail is lcoated in Iosco County and has four Forest Service operated trailheads.  This trail links to the Alcona County Trail.

Ogemaw County Snowmobile Trail - this trail travels east to west, starting at the Iosco County line.

Oscoda County Snowmobile Trail - this trail is located wthin Oscoda County and connects to the Alcona County Trail.

Snowmobile Trail Maps This link will take you to the Michigan DNR website where you can download maps for snowmobile trails all over the state.

Flickr Photo Album - all snowmobile trails

Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail

Loud Creek Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

This trail has seven interconnecting loops ranging from 1.36 miles to 4.34 miles long. The complete trail is signed with "You Are Here" maps, difficulty rating information and blue diamond shaped confidence markers. The peaceful trail traverses a mix of northern hardwoods and some large pine. Several bridge crossings lead hikers across streams, as the gently sloping trail takes them past beaver ponds and up gently rolling hills. Some short stretches of the trail will go from 5% grade to 25%, and will be more difficult for some hikers. The trail is very popular for jogging, walking dogs, and families with younger children. In the winter there is a sled hill a short walk from the parking lot.

Brochure with map:  This map is currently only available by calling the Mio Ranger Station. 1-989-826-3252

Flickr Photo Album

Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail

Corsair Cross Country Ski Trail

Corsair Trail has 28.3 miles of one-way trail that varies from gently rolling, easy terrain to somewhat hilly, most difficult terrain. The trails may be hiked anytime during the snow-free periods. The trails are marked with blue diamond-shaped confidence markers.

From Corsair Trailhead - This portion of the trail has a spur to a 600 ft. interpretive and fishing trail along Silver Creek.

From Silver Valley Trailhead - The portion of trail from this trailhead offers skiing that is gentler and less hilly.  There are two Silver Creek bridge crossings on this section.

Wrights Lake Trailhead - This portion of the trail provides a little more challenge with longer loops and steeper hills.

Map: This map is currently only available in hard copy from the Huron Shores Ranger Station: 1-989-739-0728

Flickr Photo Album

Manistee Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiling - Mesick Trail

Snowmobile Trails

These trails are located on the Manistee side of the Huron-Manistee NF's. There are 332 miles of snowmobile trail on the Manistee side of the Huron-Manistee National Forests.   Honeymoon Lake, Newaygo, Oceana and Ward Hills are towards the southern end of the Forest, while the remaining trails are towards the northern section of the forest.

Snowmobile Trail Maps This link will take you to the Michigan DNR website where you can download maps for snowmobile trails all over the state.

Flickr Photo Album - all snowmobile trails

Pine National Scenic River

Pine National Scenic River

The lower 26-miles of the Pine River was designated a National Scenic River in 1992. The Pine River provides a unique recreation experience for lower Michigan, supporting quality opportunities for a diversity of recreation activities in a relatively undeveloped setting. Canoeing and kayaking are the primary activities on this river, with much of the appeal being the fast water and light rapids. The Pine River has a river gradient of 7% and offers the fastest average flow of any river in lower Michigan.

Scenery is one of the most outstanding attributes of the river. The designated portion of the river contains a unique riparian landform with its deeply incised river channel and high, exposed sand banks. Diverse vegetation contributes to the overall "scenic" feel of the river. Tree species vary from cedar-hemlock, ash, elm, sugar and red maple, and basswood in the lowland portions to mixed oak, pine and aspen in the upland areas. There are small openings scattered throughout the corridor that provide habitat diversity for many species of wildlife.

Brochure and Map: This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

Flickr Photo Album