Alerts & Notices

Outdoor Safety

Remember to consider outdoor safety as you plan your trip. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

What's the Weather like?

Find current weather conditions from the National Weather Service at . Click on the interactive map for local forecasts in your area of interest.

To find information on the local fire danger: Meso West - Great Lakes Fire/Fuels Website.  If you are looking for a burn permit you must check the MI-DNR Burn Permit website for conditions and to obtain a burning permit:

Weather presented through US Forest Service sites is public domain and derived from data from the National Weather Service. The Forest Service is not responsible for the accuracy of this data.

If I have an emergency on the National Forest, who should I contact?

If you have an emergency on the National Forest, the best thing to do is call 911 and they will dispatch the nearest help.

Visiting the Forests

Weather, trail, and road conditions can be highly dynamic and may change with little or no warning. Other changes in both natural and management conditions may also affect your visit. The Forest Service cannot foresee or control most of these changes, but we do our best to make this information available to help visitors avoid unpleasant surprises. It is your responsibility to “know before you go.” So, before your trip, check the weather, learn about trail and road conditions, and check for important notices.


  • Use Extreme Caution in Forest. High-Water Level Alert.
  • Office Closure: October 1, 2019
  • Paving Forest Highway 13
  • Flooding on Dick Road (Forest Road 3139)


  • Critical Bridge Closures and Trail Reroute on Bay de Noc Grand Island Trail
  • Critical Haymeadow Trail Bridge Closed
  • Pine River Road
  • Bridge Closure on North Country Trail
  • Brownstone Boat Launch Closure


Fire Danger Ratings

Fire Danger - extreme

Fire Danger Ratings help firefighters describe the risk of wildfire based on the current environmental conditions. Here's what those ratings mean.

Biting Insects

Michigan's Upper Peninsula plays host to a wide variety of wildlife species ... including mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, horse flies and stable flies!  Come prepared and you'll make your stay more enjoyable!

Public Notices

Forest Supervisor's Orders

As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors.

These rules are available to you on-line below or at any office of the Hiawatha National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. If you have additional questions please call your local Forest Service Office for clarification.

Keep Safe: Marijuana Grow Sites and Meth Labs

Your safety is important. Illegal drug operations damage natural resources and threaten public safety. Forest Service law enforcement and investigations officers work with federal, state and locat partners to address illegal drug operations on National Forest System lands.  For more information about these efforts, click the headline and read on ...

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