Area Status: Open
Welcome to the Ottawa National Forest! Start your visit to the Forest with a trip to the Ottawa Visitor Center, here you will find recreation information, maps, and much more. The facility is packed with interpretive exhibits and animal mounts explaining the Forest's natural and cultural history. We offer a large selection of educational videos to be viewed in our auditorium; Thursday Evening Programs throughout the summer months; group conservation education programs, upon advanced request; as well as an interpretive nature trail. The Visitor Center and interpretive trail are fully accessible, and no fees are charged for admission to the Center, or to attend our interpretive programming.
Also located within the Center is the "Bear's Den" sales outlet, operated jointly by the USDA-Forest Service and the Ottawa Interpretive Association. The "Bear's Den" offers many environmental books, Ottawa apparel, unique gifts and other nature-related items for purchase. Proceeds from these sales, after expenses, go back to the Ottawa National Forest in the form of grants for interpretive projects around the Ottawa.
Available at the Ottawa Visitor Center:
At a Glance
||Winter Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. (CDT)
||Winter Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 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.
||Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||No fees are charged for admission to the Visitor Center, or to attend our interpretive programming.
||Firewood, Balsam Bough, and Christmas Tree Permits are available at this location. Please call ahead for availability of permits.
||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.
||You can purchase your Interagency Pass's at this location.
||Ottawa National Forest
Located at E23949 US 2 East, Watersmeet, MI; at the intersection of US Highway 45 and US 2. Access to the site is on US 2, east of the 4-way stop.