Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing on an impoundment on the Au Sable River.Walk-on ice fishing is permitted on National Forest Lands. No vehicles may be driven onto the ice of any lake, pond, stream or river on the National Forest. Ice fishing is done at the fishermans own risk.

The forest adheres to State licensing regulations, including size and quantity limits.

Some sites charge a camping fee, but not a day use fee.  Only sites that charge a day use fee are listed below. 

Parent Location Recreation Site
Hoist/Reid Lake Reid - M-72 Trailhead
Manistee River Blacksmith Bayou
Manistee/Wellston Pine Lake
North Country Trail Benton Lake
Nichols Lake South

Look for this sign when you enter the site: Recreation Fee Symbol - Sign at Recreation Sites

Passes can be paid for at the site by using a fee envelope, located near the bulletin board or can be purchased from a Forest Serice Office or vendor.  For more information on which passes are available and which pass will best suit your needs during your visit,  visit the Passes and Permits section of the website.

Ice Fishing Areas

  • Au Sable River
  • Au Sable Area
  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas
  • Hoist Lake Area
  • O'Brien Lake Access
  • Reid Lake Foot Travel Area
  • Hungerford Recreation Area
  • M-37: White Cloud to Baldwin
  • Benton Lake Campground
  • Condon Lakes West
  • Indian Lake Campground
  • Minnie Pond Campground
  • Nichols Lake South Campground
  • Shelley Lake Campground
  • Twinwood Lake Campground
  • Walkup Lake Campground
  • Pine Lake Campground
  • Manistee River
  • Manistee National Recreation River
  • Blacksmith Bayou Access Site
  • Manistee River Area
  • Pere Marquette River
  • Bowman Lake Area
  • Whelan Lake Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities