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Plan Your Visit
The Hiawatha National Forest offers something for everyone. From hiking and swimming to camping and hunting, you can find something you'll love on the Forest.
Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Your Great Lakes National Forest
Located in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest's dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan -- three of the five great lakes. Our lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and abundant snow create a place of respite and play within a day's drive of urban and rural areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, other nearby states and international locations.
Experience the Hiawatha's great lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and snow in the Upper Peninsula Michigan. Visitors come from across the world, country, or state for unique travel experiences they can only get here. As a tourist destination and National Forest, we are truly unique.
The Hiawatha National Forest manages for a variety of resource values including recreation, wilderness, heritage, transportation, ecosystem and fire management.
Restoration continues on the multi-year Au Train River project thanks to partners working alongside Hiawatha employees.
Interested in planning? Visit our Projects page for more about National Environmental Policy Act and the projects we’re planning.
Six historic lighthouses stand on Hiawatha’s Great Lakes shorelines, five of which are owned entirely or in part by the Forest Service.
The Hiawatha offers visitors access to undeveloped shores of three of America’s great inland seas -- Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.
When there’s no snow elsewhere, winter sports enthusiasts look to the U.P. With 200 inches of snowfall yearly in some areas, it’s no wonder!
The Hiawatha boasts four distinctly different Great Lakes islands. Each offers something unique to visitors.