Hiawatha National Forest

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.  Learn more: check out these feature stories about your Great Lakes National Forest!

Planning Your Trip

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Monarch Migration

Spotlight: Monarch Migration

In the late summer and early autumn, one generation of monarch butterflies undergoes a mysterious transformation, pausing their development into mature adults. Find out more here!

Fall Color

Yellow Leaves

Warm days and cool nights bring out the colors of the forest. Leaves begin to change from the vibrant green of summer to the warm tones of gold, orange and red. Visit the Hiawatha National Forest to discover your favorite place to view fall color!


Great Lighthouses

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Six historic lighthouses stand on Hiawatha’s Great Lakes shorelines, five of which are owned entirely or in part by the Forest Service.

Great Lakeshores

Visitors enjoy the Hiawatha

The Hiawatha offers visitors access to undeveloped shores of three of America’s great inland seas -- Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.


Great Snow

Skiers follow trail in wooded area.

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!

Great Islands

Relax and enjoy our islands and lakeshores!

The Hiawatha boasts four distinctly different Great Lakes islands. Each offers something unique to visitors.