What's the Weather like?
Find current weather conditions from the National Weather Service. 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: http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/
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.
- Hunter Safety Reminders
Date(s): Oct 31, 2023
- Black River Harbor Update (05/04/2023)
Date(s): May 4, 2023
- Office Updates
Date(s): Aug 6, 2021
- U.P. Weather Forecast
Date(s): May 20, 2016
- Lake Superior Performance Rally; Effective October 13 - October 14
Date(s): Oct 3, 2023 - Oct 14, 2024
- TERMINATED - Temporary Order Restricting Public Use of Developed Recreation Site
Date(s): Apr 16, 2020
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 Ottawa National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. If you have additional questions please call your local Forest Service Office for clarification.
Members of the public may fly UAS for hobby or recreation in many places on National Forest System lands. However, there are areas on National Forest System lands where UAS can’t be flown as mandated by Federal law and in accordance with FAA guidelines. More information can be found here.