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Welcome to the Huron-Manistee National Forests

Lying between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is the nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests. The Forests offer year-around motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities. Most popular are the trails and campgrounds along four nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers such as the Pine, Manistee, Au Sable and Pere Marquette. 

The Forests management team of botanists, biologists, archeologists, fire, timber, and silvicultural specialists manage for health, harvest, prescribed burns and endangered/sensitive species habitat.  The HMNF is host to such species as the Kirtland’s Warbler, Piping Plover, Karner Blue Butterfly and Pitcher’s Thistle.

Seasonal Highlights

Fisheries Improvements: Recreational Fishing


Whether you take out a boat, stick to the shore, or cast a line off one of the fishing piers available, we've got a fishing experience for you. And if you're looking for trout, visit any of the Blue Ribbon Trout Streams that travel across the Huron-Manistee!

Seasonal Highlight: KW on a Log

Nature Viewing

Rare birds, amazing views, and wildflowers galore! Whether you're here to take a picture, draw a picture, or just want to enjoy the sights and sounds, you'll find it here. 

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Wild and Scenic Rivers

River Rangers walk the trails, float the river and visit the boat launches to engage with the public

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Michigan has approximately 51,438 miles of river, of which 656.4 miles are designated as wild & scenic—just a bit more than 1% of the state's river miles. Our Rivers were designated based on their scenic beauty, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational values. Find out more about these special places and what visitors can do to help protect them.


History of Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary

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Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary is home to over 230 identified species of wildflowers. It is also the only wildflower sanctuary in the National Forest system. In 1949 the sanctuary was officially established through a formal cooperative agreement between the Forest Service and Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan.