The Ottawa National Forest is located in the north central part of Wisconsin.
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Welcome to the Ottawa National Forest

The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. But you have to see it to believe it--come visit the Ottawa!


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Fall Color

Fall Color 2015

Each year as nights begin to get longer, the trees begin to change from the vibrant gree of summer to the warm tones of gold, orange and red. The amount of rain and the temperature affects how bright colors are. Warm, sunny days with cool nights are usually the best falls for viewing color.

Timber Sales

Logging in the Winter

This feature will take you to information on stewardship contracting and prior timber sale information. 

This link will take you to Current Year Timber Sales - you can set up the sales as an RSS feed in your email, which will alert you when a new sale is posted to the site.


Recreation Fee Proposal

Day Use Building Lake Ottawa

The Ottawa will be initiating public comment on our proposed rec fees for several of our signature sites next week. Proposed increases can be found here.

Designated Motorized Use Project

The Ottawa is proposing to make changes to some motorized access routes on the Forest.


Motor Vehicle Use Management

Forest Service MVUM information governing use of OHVs and other motor vehicles on National Forest System lands. Note: Current year MVUM maps are available electronically.

Ottawa Visitor Center

Located in the heart of the Ottawa, the Center provides a relaxing and informative environment for visitors to learn about the Ottawa National Forest and our nature, wildlife, and history.

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