Weather + High Water Levels: Use caution around piers/launches, shorelines, portages, and when involved in any water activity. Around the forest, there may be fallen trees, high waters, and other hazards. Crews are working hard to access all areas.


The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public.

Hiawatha National Forest

Your Great Lakes National Forest

What are you thankful for this season? Holiday tree permits are available online! Forest extends free personal use firewood cutting. Explore the ways you can explore the 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!


Plan Your Trip

Need to Know

Plan Your Trip: Passes and PermitsPlan Your Trip: Maps and PublicationsPlan Your Trip: Contact An OfficeLearn about the events on the forest.Plan Your Trip: Lighthouses


Discover the Forest

Discover what winter has to offer on the forest.Plan Your Trip: Find Your Trail - NonmotorizedPlan Your Trip: Find Your PaddlePlan Your Trip: Find a CampsitePlan Your Trip: Find Your Trail - Motorized

Recent News


The Upper Peninsula - Hiawatha & Ottawa National Forests Out West - FIRE

A large airtanker sits in Billings, MT at the Billings Fire Center awaiting it’s next mission.

More than 30,000 interagency fire personnel have been supporting the current wildfire operations in the U.S. and have adapted to the changes presented by COVID-19. Most recently, Mexico joined the effort to assist with area fires in California.  It’s a national and international fight, including National Guard and U.S. Military too.

Bats, Birds and Small Animals Are Getting a Small, but Important Upgrade

Big brown bat

Michigan Audubon is working with the Hiawatha National Forest, recently donating 18 “Poo Poo Screens” or screen coverings for attaching to the ventilation pipe of outdoor restroom facilities, such as vault toilets across the Forest.  

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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.