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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.


The Fall Scenery of Michigan

Array of fall colors are reflected in in a bustling nook of Crater Lake.

There is nothing like Fall in Michigan. Savor the season along these scenic rivers, recreation areas, and roads. Find maps and guides of our most scenic sites and see the transition of the forest from one end to the next. 

Firewood Permits

A free permit is required to cut firewood on Huron-Manistee National Forests. Find out which areas and what can be cut, how to access areas to cut firewood, and how you can help us manage the land by obtaining a permit. 

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