Beaches & Dunes

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Great Lakeshores, Great Lighthouses, Great Islands

With over 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Great Lakes shoreline, Hiawatha National Forest offers an inviting array of waterfront opportunities.  From expansive sand beaches to towering cliffs, from rich dune habitats to historic waterfront sites, the Hiawatha's shorelines and islands offers many interesting places for solitude and enjoyment. 

The east unit of the Hiawatha has shoreline on Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan, including Round Island and Government Island in Lake Huron.  Highlights includes Point Iroquois Light House and Round Island Lighthouse.  The west unit of the National Forest includes shoreline on Lakes Superior and Michigan, with highlights like the Grand Island National Recreation Area, Grand Island North Light, Grand Island East Channel Light, Christmas Range Lights and Peninsula Point Lighthouse.

In addition to our Great Lakes waterfront, there are many inland lakes on both the east and west units that have beautiful beaches for your enjoyment.  There is no shortage of beachfront on the Hiawatha, so come check us out.

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