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.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
4001 Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
40th St. Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
72nd St. Angler Trail and Fishing Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round, the parking area is plowed in the winter.
76th St. Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Au Sable River - Alcona Dam to Lake Huron Open to Visitor Reservations will be required for Au Sable River Primitive Camping starting May 15.
Au Sable River Primitive Camping Closed to Visitor Reservations needed from May 15 to September 30.
Au Sable Scenic River Highbanks Overlook Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Au Sable Vista Open to Visitor Managed Season starts: Apr. 1, 2016 Managed Season ends: Nov. 30, 2016.
Bear Creek River Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Bear Track Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed. The sites at this campground are first come, first served.
Benton Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed. The sites at this campground are first come, first served.
Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor Spring: managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. Winter: managed Season starts Nov. 1, 2016 and ends Apr. 30, 2016. 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. The rest of Big M ski trails are being groomed for cross-country skiing by the Manistee Ski Club.
Big O OHV Trail Closed to Visitor 32nd St. Trailhead: Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Blacksmith Bayou Access Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Bowman Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended May 5 to Oct. 9.
Bowman Bridge River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Bowman Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Bowman Lake Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Brush Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016.
Bull Gap ORV Hill Climb and Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Buttercup Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Caberfae Scenic Overlook Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Canoer's Memorial Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Cathedral Pines Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Cedar Creek Motorsport Trail Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Claybanks Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Condon Lakes West Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. Corsair, Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are plowed in winter. Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016. Corsair Trailhead is maintained year-round.
Crystal Valley Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trail is available year-round. The trailhead is maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016.
Davis Rest Stop Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Diamond Point Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Dobson Bridge River Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trailhead is plowed.
Elk Canoe Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Elm Flats Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Foote Pond Overlook Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Freesoil Trailhead Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Gabions Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Gleason's Landing Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. Oct. 11 to May - open, no fees, no services. Reservations recommended from May 5 to Oct. 9.
Gleason's Landing River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Government Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Green Cottage Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Hemlock Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed.
High Bridge Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Highbank Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11. Gated when closed.
Highbanks River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Hoags Lake Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Hoist Lake Area Closed to Visitor Trail is not groomed. Hoist Lake East trailhead is maintained year-round and is plowed in winter. Hoist Lake West trailhead is maintained from Apr. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016.
Holton Motorcycle Trail Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Horseshoe Lake Boat Launch Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Nov. 18, 2016. Gated when closed.
Horseshoe Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Nov. 18, 2016. Gated when closed.
Horseshoe Motorcycle Trail Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Hungerford Lake Boat Launch and Campsites Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Hungerford Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Horse Trail trailhead: maintained May 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016. Mountain Bike trailhead: maintained May 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016.
Hungerford Trail Camp Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016. Gated when closed.
Huron ORV Trail Closed to Visitor Grass Lake, Liberty, Ann Arbor and Sand Lake Trailheads: year-round maintenance, plowed in winter. River Road and Stout Road Trailheads: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. Sand Lake Trailhead:
Iargo Springs Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Indian Bridge Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Indian Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Island Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Jewell Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016. Gated when closed.
Jorgenson Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Closed to Visitor Year-round gate. Trail is not groomed. Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Kirtland's Warbler and Jack Pine Wildlife Tours Closed to Visitor Guided tours available May 15, 2016 through May 31, 2016. Tours available 7 days a week. For more information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/hmnf/passes-permits/?cid=STELPRDB5247524.
Kiwanis Monument Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Kneff Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Day Use: Managed Season starts Apr. 23, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Lake Michigan Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Campground -
  • All Loops: loops are open from May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016.
  • Oak and Violet Loops: open for limited use from Oct. 11, 2016 to Oct. 14, 2016.
Camping loops are gated when closed. Day Use Area(s) -
  • Beach Access: managed season starts April 1, 2016.
  • Day Use Area - Picnic Area: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
This area is gated when closed. Campground Reservations:  
  • Hemlock and Violet Loops:  No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
  • Orchid and Oak Loops (25 sites on each loop): Reservations needed May 5 to Sept. 11.
Little O ATV Trail Closed to Visitor M-37 Trailhead: Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Logmark Rest Stop Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Loon Lake Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trailhead is plowed in winter.
Loud's Rest Stop Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Low Bridge Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Lower Branch Bridge Trail and Fishing Access Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center Closed to Visitor The Visitor Center opens May 1, 2016 and closes Oct. 23, 2016. Grounds are open year-round.
Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
M-20 Motorsport Trail Open to Visitor This trailhead is open year-round and plowed in the winter.
MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed occasionally.
Mack Lake Motorized Trail System Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. The trailhead is gated when closed.
Mack Lake ORV Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016. Gated when closed.
Manistee River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Maple Leaf Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Trail is not groomed.
Marilla Trailhead Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Marzinski Horse Trail Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground Closed to Visitor M-55 Trailhead/Campground Access: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Steinburg Road Trailhead: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This trailhead is plowed in the winter.
McKinley Horse Trail Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
McKinley Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Meadow Springs Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Meadows ORV Campground Open to Visitor This campground is managed from Apr. 1, 2016 to Dec. 1, 2016.
Meadows ORV Complex Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Midland to Mackinaw Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Minnie Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Monument Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Oct. 15, 2016. Gated when closed.
Nichols Lake North Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Nichols Lake South Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended for sites 17-26 between May 5 and Sept. 10.
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area Closed to Visitor Nurnberg Trailhead: managed Season starts April 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. Lake Michigan Recreation Area - Day Use Area - Beach Access: managed Season starts April 1, 2016. Lake Michigan Recreation Area - Day Use Area - Picnic Area: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This area is gated when closed.
North Country National Scenic Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Old Grade Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open April 24, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed.
Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Peterson Bridge South Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Reservations recommended from May 13 to Sept. 11.
Pine Acres Boat Launch Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Pine Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Pine River Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 18, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Pine River Rearing Run Path Closed to Visitor This trail is not groomed and trailheads/parking areas are not plowed during the winter.
Pines Point Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended from May 5 to Oct. 9.
Podunk River Access Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Rainbow Bend Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Rainbow Rapids Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Red Bridge River Access Site Open to Visitor Boat Launch: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. Parking lot is open, no services. Trailhead (across from boat launch): no managed season, open year-round. Not plowed in winter.
Reid Lake Foot Travel Area Open to Visitor Little Trout Lake Trailhead: maintained Apr. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016. M-72 Trailhead: maintained year-round, plowed in winter.
River Dune Campground Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
River Road Trail Camp and Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30. 2016. Call the Huron Shores Ranger Station to make a reservation. Gated year-round.
Rollways Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016. Gated when closed.
Rollways Day Use Area Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016. Gated when closed.
Rosebush Bend Angler Trail and Fishing Access Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. Trail is not groomed. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Round Lake Campground and Day Use Area Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 15, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2016. Gated when closed.
Sand Lake Beach Day Use Area Closed to Visitor This day use area is open May 15, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2016. Gated when closed.
Sand Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Campground gated when closed. Reservations needed May 5 to Sept. 11.
Sawdust Hole River Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Sawmill Point Boat Launch Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Seaton Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Open, no fees, no services from Sept. 12 to May, 2017. Reservations recommended May 5 to Sept. 11.
Shelley Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail Open to Visitor This trial is not groomed.
Sischo Bayou Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
South Branch Trail Campground and Trailhead Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 15, 2016 and ends Oct. 15, 2016.
Sprinkler Lake Access Site Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
St. Hubert Angler Parking Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Suicide Bend Fishing Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Sulak Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Thompson's Landing River Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is plowed in winter.
Timber Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Tunk Hole River Access Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Twinwood Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. Winter Maintenance: This site is plowed, but there is no other maintenance during the winter months - no toilet facilties or water are available.
Udell Lookout Tower Open to Visitor This site is open year-round, but not maintained in winter.
Udell Rollways Day Use Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Udell Trailhead Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Upper Branch Bridge Landing Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Wagner Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Wagner Lake: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Chimney Loop: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Wakeley Lake Area Open to Visitor Campground and Day Use Area are open year-round. Trails are not groomed. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Walkup Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Westgate Scenic Overlook Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Whelan Lake Area Open to Visitor
Whirlpool Angler Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is plowed in winter.

Spotlights

Manistee NF OHV Trails

OHV/ATV/Motorcycle Trails

There are several motorized trails on the Manistee portion of the forests, including a section of the MCCCT. The majority of the trails are located in the southern portion of the Manistee, within driving distance of Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

There are several campgrounds located within driving distance of the trailheads; however, there are no campgrounds on the Manistee portion that have trailheads adjacent to the campgrounds.

Michigan DNR ORV/ATV Trail Maps: Maps and map data are available on the MI-DNR website for all OHV/ATV trails in the state of Michigan.

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Kirtland's Warbler and Jack Pine Wildlife Tours

Kirtlands Warbler

The Jack Pine Wildlife Viewing Tour is a self-guided, 58-mile auto-tour through jack pine ecosystems that are home to a variety of wildlife, including the endangered Kirtland's warbler. The tour is marked with signs that display an image of the Kirtland's warbler and the watchable wildlife symbol.  Along the route are also opportunities to stop at one of the many recreation sites available to access the Au Sable River.

Along the route there are many examples of wildlife habitat. Interpretive signs discuss specific management methods at the five stops. Occupied Kirtland's warbler habitat is closed to public entry during nesting seasons to protect the birds.  Closed areas will be posted with signs.

Maps are available at the Mio Ranger Station.

Manistee River Trail

Manistee River Trail

 

The Manistee River Trail follows the east shore of the Manistee River for 8.8 miles through rolling hills.  The trail traverses past several wetlands and there are bridges crossing two creeks.  A waterfall near the northern end of the trail is very popular with many hikers.  The Manistee River Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail connector is also the site of the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan.  Several observation sites along the trail provide hikers with vista views of the Manistee River and surrounding area.  There are several dispersed campsites along the trail.

A 23-mile loop trail is formed with the Manistee River Trail along the Manistee River.  The loop trail can be accessed from the Marilla and Upper River Road Trailheads for the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Red Bridge and Seaton Creek accesses for the Manistee River Trail.

 

Brochure with Map To download the map, the brochure is set to print on 11x17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 by 11 paper set ht eprint area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

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